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Melanoma rates stabilising in Queensland for the first time

For the first time Queensland researchers have found that incidence rates for invasive melanomas have started to stabilise or fall in those aged under 60 years, a groundbreaking new study shows. The Cancer Council Queensland study[1], published in the International Journal of Cancer, examined melanoma incidence and mortality rates from the past 20 years, with…

Cancer Council Queensland issues heatwave warning

Cancer Council Queensland is urging all Queenslanders to stay safe and SunSmart today, with temperatures expected to top around 40 degrees in some parts of the State. The heatwave is hitting Queensland unseasonably early this year, with the UV Index also expected to reach extreme levels. Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan warned of…

Slip, Slop, Slap for a sun safe school holiday

With tomorrow marking the last day of term three at schools across the State, Cancer Council Queensland is urging families to head into holidays the SunSmart way. On average around 56 per cent of adults and 64 per cent of children are sunburnt on an annual basis[1], increasing the risk of skin cancer later in…

Cancer Council reveals new Ugly Xmas Rashie design for summer 2017

Australia’s much-loved answer to the Ugly Xmas Sweater is back for 2017 – with a new, true-blue cockatoo design! Cancer Council’s 2017 limited edition Ugly Xmas Rashie, designed by Scody and featuring a cockatoo, is set to be another instant hit for the beach this summer. The Ugly Xmas Rashie first launched in 2015 and…

Childhood sun exposure causing majority of skin cancer cases

Childhood sun exposure has been found to cause the majority of non-melanoma skin cancers in adults, prompting calls by Cancer Council Queensland for improved sun safety across the state. A new report from the 45 and Up Study[1], led by the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, found that basal cell carcinomas (BCC) diagnosed…

Cancer Council Queensland’s healthy Ekka checklist

This Friday the gates of Ekka will open in preparation for nearly half a million Queenslanders, 145,000 strawberry sundaes, 185,000 Dagwood dogs and plenty of entertainment! To help Queenslanders make the most of Ekka, Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan shared five top tips for a healthy day out. “We know that Ekka is…

Winter warning: Cancer Council urges schools to Slip, Slop, Slap

Cancer Council is urging Queensland schools to make sun safety a priority this winter to protect children from the harmful effects of UV radiation. Research shows around 64 per cent of Queensland children aged five to 17 years are sunburnt annually*, significantly increasing the risk of skin cancer later in life. Cancer Council Queensland CEO…

Queensland kids dealt double risk of melanoma

Almost half of all childhood melanoma cases in Australia were diagnosed in Queensland over the past decade, new figures from CCQ’s Cancer Research Centre show. Data from the Australian Paediatric Cancer Registry found that 96 children aged 0-14 were diagnosed with melanoma in Australia over the 10 years between 2004 and 2013. Although rare, the…

UV camera set to snapshot skin damage on Sunshine Coast

Cancer Council Queensland has teamed up with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to offer locals the chance to have their skin photographed by a UV camera – giving a rare snapshot of an individuals accumulated sun damage. The renowned UV camera will be set up at Cancer Council Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Retail Store…

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