Two members of my family march to the beat of the same drum when it comes to preventing skin cancer.
My dad and my cousin have both been diagnosed with skin cancer and are now very careful about protecting their skin and picking up on any changes. They're all over it. They know what's normal for their skin and what's not. And remembering sunscreen is as important as the house keys when it comes to leaving the house!
That means they are reducing their risk of skin cancer and any sign of skin cancer can be found early. Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated, if found early.
But we shouldn't have to be diagnosed with skin cancer to be vigilant about protecting our skin.
To raise awareness and promote the importance of early detection and prevention of skin cancer and melanoma, the Skin Cancer Foundation together with the Emily Tapp Foundation have organised a walking event, March Against Melanoma, on Sunday 2 March at Catani Gardens, St Kilda.
The event is open to everyone but if you've ever been touched by skin cancer or melanoma this walk may have particular significance for you. It will be a chance for you to meet, talk and make new friendships with people who have had similar experiences.
There is a 2km or 4km walk on offer so you can also get in some exercise too, as an added bonus! Getting in one hour of moderate activity or 30 minutes of vigorous activity daily can cut your risk of cancer.
So if you are heading along on to the March or even if you are just spending the weekend out and about, remember the key to decreasing your risk of skin cancer is sun protection and early detection. Here are our top SunSmart summer tips:
For more information about sun protection and skin cancer visit SunSmart.
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