Sunscreen Summit 19 March, 2018

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia

Melanomas and keratinocyte cancers (BCC and SCC of the skin) are largely preventable, yet their incidence remains extremely high and the costs of treatment continue to climb.

Primary prevention is the mainstay of skin cancer control efforts, and is advocated by all stakeholders.

However, there is lack of consistency in how prevention advice is communicated to the public, especially advice concerning the use of sunscreen.

As a group of skin cancer researchers and clinicians with a strong interest in public health, we contend that this inconsistency is confusing to the public and undermines efforts to reduce the burden of skin cancer.

To adopt a consensus approach to sunscreen policy, the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) is hosting a Sunscreen Summit on 19 March, 2018.

This invitation-only meeting at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute will bring together all stakeholder groups (including NGOs, government agencies, specialist colleges, research institutions, policy makers, consumers and investigators) in one forum to review the latest developments in skin cancer prevention.

Following the Summit, on Tuesday 20 March there will be a small, closed policy meeting.

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