It's summer in Australia and that means- sun safety! (though this should be year round, it's obviously more topical, given the degree of sun damage people will subject themselves to this summer)🔥
Australia (and New Zealand) have the highest rate of skin cancer, especially Melanoma, in the world! The statistics are staggering.
¶ Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before age 70 and sadly, over 2000 people will die from skin cancer this year and that number increases every year.
Worryingly, despite all the preventative education, a high percentage of teenagers still admit to seeking out the sun purely for a tan. #ownyourtone
Which brings me to the reason I thought to post this timely reminder. I bought a hat today. That brings my hat collection to two👒
I'm usually woefully lacking in the hat wearing department. I taught my kids to be sun safe and drilled them to wear their hats. I prefer to stay out of the sun, where possible which isn't so easy anymore, living on the water.
Hats and I don't have a good relationship. They're either too big, too small, too floppy, too hot, too scratchy, too hard, too soft or they look ridiculous🤣
I'm not sure if I've just found the right hat, finally, or I've just got over myself🤦🤣but this hat is just perfect AND I'm going to wear it, every day! I'm also of that age where all the sins of my past carelessness could bite me on the arse any day. Hence why I now have skin checks every year. I grew up in New Zealand and as a teenager, I would cover myself in tanning oil and bake myself like a roast chook, as we did then.
The message from the Australian Cancer Council is -
**Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Wrap**
SLIP on protective clothing, SLOP on 30+ or higher sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SEEK shade, WRAP on some sunglasses...
Let's also not forget how important it is to know your skin. Be aware of any changes. Have your skin checked either by a GP who specialises in screening or at a skin check clinic. Take your teen-agers too, so they are invested in another aspect of their own preventative health.
Let's hope their generation and those to come can improve on current statistics.