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Walk With us for Melanoma Month

It’s a timely reminder to be sun aware as I sit here with more skin cancers burned off recently.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, most of this due to our climate and our fair complexions.

48 out of 1,000 Australians will get skin cancers this year and will seek treatment to address this problem.

As kids growing up in Sydney, we never used sunscreen outdoors even though we played cricket all day long, had days at the beach and the only sun protection I used was a bit of zinc cream on my nose.

This month, the Melanoma Institute will be holding the Melanoma March fundraiser for the cure and treatment of melanomas.

See link at the end of this column for more information about the fundraising initiative.

As a melanoma patient, I am acutely aware of the seriousness of this disease and will always be grateful for the passion and dedication the team at the Melanoma Institute have given me.

Next time you see an unusual spot appear on your skin, go and get it checked immediately, it could just save your life. My melanoma was just a small spot on my chest which changed colour. Don’t leave it undetected or unchecked if this happens to you.

Fake spray tans, a rashie swimming costume, lots of SPF 50+ sunscreen and a big hat, can go a long way in helping to keep you safe.

The Dural and District Business Chamber will be holding its own Melanoma March on Sunday 19 March at Fagan Park Galston.

If you would like to support our walk or take part, please call me on 0497 014 950 or email at [email protected] See https://www.melanomamarch.org.au/ for information about the Melanoma March fundraiser.

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