Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Zealand. Melanoma is the most serious type, and our rates are amongst the highest in the world.
Skin cancer is largely preventable. Over 90% of all skin cancer cases are attributed to excess sun exposure. We encourage
all New Zealanders to be SunSmart and
to 'slip. slop, slap and wrap.'
If you would like to learn more about sunscreen we have a 'frequently asked' questions with answers sheet.
The Ultraviolet Index (UVI) measures the level of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and informs our sun protection advice. The higher the number the greater the need for protection. Check NIWA's forecast for specific New Zealand sites here:
In addition to efforts to prevent skin cancer, it is important to detect skin cancer early so that it can be effectively treated.
For further information:
Last Updated: Tuesday 16 April, 2013