AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL SKIN CHECK DAY / MATES AGAINST MELANOMA
Mates Against Melanoma (MAM) is an Australian non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness about the risks of melanoma and promote skin cancer prevention. Every year, MAM organises Australia National Skin Check Day, Thursday 23rd February 2023, to encourage people to get their skin checked for signs of skin cancer. With Australian summers often bringing intense sun exposure, it’s more important than ever to take skin protection seriously.
The Australian climate is known for its hot and dry conditions during the summer months, which can result in dangerous levels of UV radiation. This high level of UV radiation increases the risk of skin damage and melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, melanoma is among the most common cancers diagnosed in Australia, with over 17,000 cases reported in 2021 alone.
The good news is that early detection of melanoma can lead to successful treatment and better outcomes for patients. Regular skin checks are an essential part of melanoma prevention, and National Skin Check Day is an opportunity for all Australians to prioritise their skin health.
The process of checking your skin for melanoma is simple and can be done at home. Start by examining your entire body, including your scalp, back, and the soles of your feet. Look for any unusual or changing moles, spots, or freckles. Remember the ABCDE rule: asymmetry, border irregularity, colour variation, diameter greater than 6mm, and evolution or change over time. If you notice any of these signs, seek medical attention from a dermatologist or your GP.
It’s important to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of skin damage and melanoma. This includes wearing protective clothing and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Seek shade during peak UV hours.
MAM provides a range of resources and support for those affected by melanoma, including support groups, counselling, and financial assistance. They also work to raise awareness about the risks of melanoma and the importance of early detection through events such as National Skin Check Day.
National Skin Check Day is a reminder for all Australians to prioritise their skin health and take preventative measures against melanoma. Regular skin checks, combined with sun safety practices, can help to reduce the risk of skin cancer and ensure that you stay healthy and protected during the Australian summer.
At Pryme, we are proud of our range of safety equipment that protects our hard-working men and women against the effects of the sun from the Ergodyne Chill-Its Cooling Range, like the 6660 Hard Hat Brim with Shade, and the amazing range of Australian Made sunscreens from Maxi Block including the Essentials and Outbacker ranges.
Mates Against Melanoma is a crucial organisation for raising awareness about the risks of melanoma and promoting skin cancer prevention. With National Skin Check Day, Australians have an opportunity to prioritise their skin health and take steps towards early detection and treatment of melanoma. By being vigilant about skin checks and sun safety practices, we can all do our part to reduce the incidence of melanoma and protect ourselves against this deadly disease.
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