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Australia leads the world in programs for prevention of skin cancer. While it will be some years before we see all the full benefits of these programs, it has already been established that more and more people are aware of the hazardous effects of the sun and are taking effort and time to slip on protective clothing, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. However, with our extremely high rates of skin cancer we still have a long way to go.
Skin cancer rates have increased over the last 50 to 60 years. This means that Australians were actually developing more skin cancers in the decade before sunbathing became a national pastime, which occurred largely in the 1950s. It is not known why skin cancers had already started to increase. Certainly the depletion of the ozone layer may accentuate the problem of skin cancer. It has been estimated that for every 1 per cent decrease in the ozone layer there will be a 2 per cent increase in the amount of harmful ultraviolet light transmitted. UVB is the type of ultraviolet light associated with the development of sunburn and skin cancer.