Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world with around 324,000 non-melanoma skin cancers and 3,700 cases of melanomas diagnosed each year. Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun is the major environmental factor causing melanoma. Two new innovations are helping to spread the message about sun safety.
Applying sunscreen differently: automatic sunscreen dispenser pilot program
During National Skin Cancer Action Week 17–23 November, Danger Sun Overhead launched a six-month pilot program to provide free sunscreen via automated dispensers to a major Brisbane construction site. The station includes an electronic dispenser which delivers a measured amount of sunscreen and a touch screen display to deliver health and safety advice.
The mobile stations can be positioned anywhere on site, making it easier for workers to access the sunscreen and use the correct amount, thus increasing the likelihood of regular use. Sunscreen behaviour and usage is being evaluated throughout the pilot.
Jo Crotty, General Manager Danger Sun Overhead, said “providing free sunscreen is a step closer to changing behaviour to help reduce the statistics of skin cancer and melanoma through prevention”.
Makings of a malignancy: A cancer biology themed escape room
Dr Ken Dutton-Regester, Director of Excite Science and researcher at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has developed the world's first cancer-themed escape room.
Participants must solve a series of puzzles that have been designed with the underlying principles of cancer biology, including skin cancer. The escape-room platform is a unique, engaging physical experience that can be used to educate workers and their families about cancer, while breaking down misconceptions surrounding the disease. The escape room is portable and can be transported to various locations.
Sun safe environment controls to reduce worker UV exposure is at worksafe.qld.gov.au.