THE North Coast has six of the top ten 'red zones' across NSW for melanoma, with Lismore at number nine, according to Cancer Council regional manager Michael Cannon.
Extreme UV warnings are a constant this year and residents should not wait until they are at the beach or the pool to protect themselves from sun-related damage is the message the Cancer Council is trying to get out.
They are preparing two projects to inform people about was to avoid melanoma and skin cancer.
Northern Rivers Community Programs Coordinator Rhian Paton-Kelly said the current NSW Cancer Council SunSmart program will be extended from 46% to 60% of schools in the Far North Coast.
"This means that more primary schools will be targeted by a team of four people - myself and three students from Griffith University - for three months," Ms Paton-Kelly said.
A second program for 2013 is called Sun Sound.
"Sun Sound targets adolescents. It involves a short jingle developed in partnership with Sony Music and musician Ben Lee that is played at pools or beaches to encourage people to reapply their sunscreen and use other sun protection," she said.
The short song will be on rotation between 11am and 3pm at the Lismore Memorial Baths and other North Coast public swimming pools when the UV index is at its highest.