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SunSmart schools: a New Zealand skin cancer primary prevention intervention blueprint for primary school settings

4 May 2018

This recent study conducted by the University of Otago Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit provides evidence to suggest that the delivery of a comprehensive sun protection programme in a primary school setting is positively associated with school sun protection policies and practices, which can reduce students’ exposure to excessive UVR and, ultimately, their risk of skin cancer.

Sun protection of hats limited by diffuse UVR

30 April 2018

Hats’ sun protection effectiveness varied highly with environmental conditions and were mainly limited by the high contribution of diffuse UVR, irrespective of hat style, according to this recent study. 

Over 90,400 New Zealanders estimated to be diagnosed with at least one in situ or invasive keratinocytic cancer in 2018

6 April 2018

This report estimates the numbers of diagnoses and the incidence rate of Non-Melanoma Skin (Keratinocytic) Cancer in New Zealand based on data extracted from a regional collection of pathology records of skin biopsies taken in 2009 to 2013. One of the key findings was that over 90,400 people will be diagnosed with at least one in situ or invasive Keratinocytic Cancer in 2018.