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21 September 2012

Ounce of prevention update

Aah September – the time of year the UV levels begin rising above 3 in Victoria and we need to start being SunSmart again. Michelle's melanoma success story not only highlights the importance of sun protection, but why there should be a ban on solariums in Victoria. We check out PapScreen's racy new campaign about sex and cervical cancer, and in the lead up to catchily-titled International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Melissa provides us with some breast awareness tips.

Success story: Michelle has no doubt solarium use caused melanoma

When Michelle was in her early 20s, she was unaware of the dangers involved in solarium use and used sunbeds frequently as she thought it was a safe way to get a tan. When she was 36, she was diagnosed with melanoma.

Michelle shares her story with us.

Behind the news: Sex and cervical cancer

Screen shot from PapScreen campaign

What does sex have to do with cervical cancer? Actually, it has everything to do with it. Put simply, if you're a woman and you've done it, then you're at risk.

PapScreen Victoria has launched a racy new campaign to address some of the reasons why women don't have Pap tests. It revolves around a video depicting an intimate scene between a couple that is dramatically, and rather unexpectedly, interrupted.

We would love to know what you think of the campaign.

Advocacy: Fresh call for ban on solariums in Victoria

Female in solarium

At a recent event to honour the memory of Clare Oliver, who passed away from melanoma five years ago, the medical community pledged their support for an outright ban on solariums.

161 cancer specialists and clinicians of the Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group joined together to call on the Victorian government to follow the lead of NSW and ban solariums in this state.

You can show your support for a ban too.

How to: Be breast aware

Lady's back

October is just around the corner. And along with some great events with the use of the month's name i.e. Rocktober and Choctober (yes it really does exist), it is also International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So in the lead up, Melissa provides us with a snapshot of breast screening, breast cancer symptoms, and how to be breast aware.

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