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Overexposure to UV radiation during childhood and adolescence is known to be a major risk factor in the development of skin cancer. Students are at school five days each week, 40 weeks each year during the peak UV radiation times. Therefore, school communities have a responsibility to implement skin cancer prevention strategies in the interests of student and staff health and welfare.

Cancer Council SA recommends that all schools implement a comprehensive skin protection policy during terms 1, 3 and 4 and at any other time the UV radiation level reaches 3 and above.

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This webpage was last reviewed and updated in January 2020.