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Check the skin you’re in during Melanoma Awareness Month
March is Melanoma Awareness month and Melanoma New Zealand would like to invite you to raise awareness of this terrible disease that affects over 4000 Kiwis every year.
New Zealand has one the highest melanoma incidence rates in the world. Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in NZ, with over 300 New Zealanders dying of melanoma every year – that’s more than the road toll!
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer you can get. It can progress quickly and can be life-threatening. Melanoma is treatable if diagnosed early but if the cancer spreads to other parts of the body then the prospects of survival are poor.
Early melanoma may not have any noticeable symptoms but melanomas usually appear as a changed or new mole.
If you notice anything new, changing or different on your skin, get it checked by a doctor. It could save your life!
How to prevent getting melanoma
Most melanomas are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight, so avoid getting sunburnt whatever your age by;
- wearing a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and clothing, and seeking shade where possible.
- using sunscreen on skin that is not covered by clothing.
Protection is especially important between 10am and 4pm during daylight saving months – this when UV radiation is highest.
Using sunbeds and/or sunlamps increase the risk of melanoma. Using these treatments before the age of 35 is associated with a 59 percent increase in the risk of melanoma.
People from ethnic groups with darker skin (like Māori, Pacific and Asian peoples) have more protection against UV rays and so are less likely to get skin cancers, including melanoma.
Visit the Melanoma NZ website for more information or call them free on 0800 4 Melanoma (0800 463 526).
Well Child: Giving your child the best start in life
Celebrate the importance of the Well Child programme during Well Child Week (27th February to 5th March 2017).
The early years of life set the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. Well Child/Tamariki Ora is a free service provided by the Ministry of Health for all New Zealand children from birth to five years.
Well Child can support parents and families to protect and improve a child’s health, so they can grow and develop to their full potential. The programme includes free 13 wellness checks, including a general practitioner check at 6 weeks of age, and immunisations according to the National Immunisation Schedule.
The Well Child services are an important gateway to targeted and specialist health, education and social services for children and families/whānau with additional needs.
Well Child services are provided by a number of people, including:
- Lead maternity carers (LMCs) such as midwives, obstetricians and general practitioners;
- Registered nurses;
- Nurse practitioners;
- General practitioners (GPs);
- Community health workers, Karitane and Kaiāwhina;
- Vision and hearing technicians (VHTs);
- Newborn hearing screeners; and
- Authorised vaccinators.
Source: Well Child website.
Aotearoa Bike Challenge: Let’s get more people riding!
This summer the New Zealand Transport Agency is rolling out an exciting new campaign to boost cycling all across the country. It’s a great time to ride bikes in NZ with tailored guidance and tips, a friendly workplace competition, and lots of great prizes on offer.
Join the Aotearoa Bike Challenge today! This is a fun, free challenge to encourage you and your colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There will be lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team.
It’s all about participation – which teams and workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more? Organisations across the country will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike during the month of February 2017.
It’s not about who can ride the most kilometres, but who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try. The teams which get the highest percentage of their staff riding for their size category will win.
There will also do a prize draw for each trip you ride. So the more you ride in February, the more chance you have of winning a prize. You can earn more chances at individual prizes for encouraging others to ride.
This is also an opportunity to try out the cycleways in your area – contact from your city or district council for more information.
Go By Bike Day is back too!
It’s official – Go By Bike Day will held on Wednesday 8th February 2017!
Go By Bike Day is a one-day event in February every year where thousands of Kiwis ditch their cars or trains and buses – and cycle to work or school.
So get set to ‘get on your bike’ – it’s fun, easy and costs nothing!