Designed in Australia and produced with The Skin Cancer Foundation
Australia is widely renowned for it’s sun loving, beach culture. That culture resulted in Australian’s having the dubious honor of having the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Over the last two decades Australia has also led the way in public and corporate health initiatives to reduce the incidence and cost burden of skin cancer. These initiatives have helped see a decline in melanoma incidence, the only country in the western world to have achieved it. Australia has adopted strict occupational health guidelines around minimizing workplace UV exposure and almost all companies, regardless of their industry, feature skin cancer education and awareness activities as a standard part of their annual wellness calendar.
In the US, skin cancer has had a lower profile in terms of public and corporate healthcare initiatives but that is changing with raising awareness around the growing incidence and costs the disease for individuals, employers, insurers and the healthcare budget The seriousness of skin cancer for americans is highlighted by a recent special report issued by the Surgeon General, the first ever relating to this disease.
“The rates of skin cancer in our nation are increasing, creating a serious public health concern we cannot ignore. As both a medical doctor and a public health official, I see that now is the time for a comprehensive approach to prevent skin cancer, bringing together community partners, business leaders, government agencies, and individuals for a common cause.”
Boris Lushniak, former acting Surgeon General of the United States
Protect your employees and reduce your health care costs
Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers minimize risk of harm to employees and in some states employers may be required to provide compensation for work related skin cancer. With over 88% of costs associated with melanoma come from treatment of late stage lesions, early detection of skin cancer can reduce treatment costs by as much as $150,000 per treatment case. Educating employees on sun protection and early detection reduces both corporate risk and associated healthcare costs.
Clinical best practice in your pocket
Based on clinical best practice, The Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool simplifies the ABCDE rule of melanoma detection into a series of simple tabs that anyone can use to self check for suspicious lesions.
How Does the ABCDE Rule Work?
The ABCDE rule breaks down the 5 most common characteristics of skin cancer.
The Tool also connects users to a national database of physicians for further treatment if required.
Make skin cancer early detection an integral part of your corporate wellness program today
With skin cancer incidence rates increasing year over year, there’s never been a better time to include sun safety programs and awareness in your corporate wellness program. 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. By educating your employees and promoting importance of early detection you can enhance your employees lives whilst reducing healthcare costs across your entire organization.