Skin Cancer Awareness Month

I’m a couple of days late to remind everyone about Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

As summer approaches in the USA it is important to remember to protect your skin and your children’s skin. 

Having grown up in Australia I am very aware of the importance of sun protection.  As a child we were taught to wear sunscreen especially on our faces, shoulders and back.

In 1981 the Australian Cancer Council launched a nationwide skin protection campaign.

Slip, Slop, Slap!
It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that
Slip, Slop, Slap!
In the sun we always say “Slip Slop Slap!”
Slip, Slop, Slap!
Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat,
Slip, Slop, Slap!
You can stop skin cancer – say: “Slip, Slop, Slap!”

In 2007, the slogan was updated to Slip Slop Slap Seek Slide to reflect the importance of seeking shade and sliding on wrap around sunglasses to prevent sun damage.
School uniforms in Australia are designed to protect children during the school day.  Part of the uniform includes a broad-rimmed hat or legionaire hat (it has a flap on the back to protect ears and neck).  To ensure children wear their hats their is a No Hat, No Play policy.
At the beach it is common to see children in full-body sun protection suits, legionaire caps and wrap around sun glasses.
This doesn’t eliminate the need for sunscreen on children’s faces or other exposed areas. 
I may seem a little over the top about sun protection, and I am.  You see my cousin is in his early 40’s and he is dying of Melanoma and he’s not alone.
If one person reads this and makes a change in their sun habits then it could possibly prevent a family from going through what my cousins and Aunt and Uncle are going through right now.
You don’t have to give up the sun or outdoor activities, just protect your skin:
  • Slip on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible
  • Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  • Slap on a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on some sunglasses
  • And don’t forget to get an annual skin check from a dermatologist.  If you can’t afford the annual skin check, look for free clinics in your local area. 
    In Australia I have seen this every year especially at popular beaches.  I’ve also seen ads for them in Los Angeles area in recent years.  Go ahead and do a Google search for local screenings, you might be pleasantly surprised.
    No tan is worth dying for.

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