Go Spotty for Melanoma on Thursday 24th March 2016

Melanoma New Zealand.

March is Melanoma Awareness month and the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand would like to invite you to participate in their third national Go Spotty Mufti Day on Thursday 24th March to raise awareness of this terrible disease that is affecting 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 – more New Zealanders die from melanoma than lung cancer!

The risk of melanoma is reduced by avoiding sunburn and by protecting the skin against UV radiation. This includes seeking shade, wearing broad-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and clothing. Sunscreen should be used on skin that cannot be covered by clothing.

Protection is vitally important from September to April, especially between 10am and 4pm, which is when UV radiation is highest.

Sunbeds and/or sunlamps should be avoided as use of these treatments are associated with a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma if used before the age of 35.

Melanoma is treatable if diagnosed early. Early melanoma may not have any noticeable symptoms but melanomas usually appear as a changed or new mole.

The message is clear: Stay Alive: Detect and Survive. If you notice anything new, changing or different on your skin, get it checked by a doctor. It could save your life!

Visit the Melanoma Foundation of NZ website for more information or call them free on 0800 4 Melanoma (0800 463 526).

Get involved in Go Spotty Day

The idea is to get everyone wearing something spotty or dotty on Thursday 24th March to get people thinking about melanoma and checking their skin for ‘spots’ or signs that could lead to melanoma later on in life.

The Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand would greatly appreciate your participation via a gold coin donation for everyone who decides to wear spotty mufti on the day. Contact the Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand if you would like to participate in ‘Go Spotty Day’, request flyers, donations boxes, or have any questions (admin[at]melanoma.org.nz, or 0800 4 Melanoma – 0800 463 526).

Source: Melanoma Foundation of NZ website.

Published on Thursday, February 18th, 2016, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 08/04/2016

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