The Big Grill for Melanoma New Zealand
Melanoma New Zealand invites you to participate in the inaugural Big Grill event. Have a BBQ with friends anywhere, at any time throughout February and March 2018 and fund-raise for Melanoma NZ.
New Zealand has the highest melanoma incidence rate in the world. Over 300 New Zealanders die from melanoma and 4,000 people are newly diagnosed every year.
Funds raised from your BBQ will go towards Melanoma NZ’s education programs, advocacy, research and support.
Check the skin you’re in for melanoma
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer you can get. It can progress quickly and can be life-threatening. Thankfully melanoma can be successfully treated by surgery if diagnosed early.
The first sign of early melanoma is often a change in the size, shape or colour of an existing mole, or the appearance of a new mole.
So check your entire body including skin not normally exposed to the sun. Ask for help to check difficult to see areas like your back, neck or scalp.
If you notice anything new, changing or different on your skin, get it checked by a doctor or a specialist. 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 that shades your face, neck and ears;
- wearing close fitting sunglasses;
- wearing a long sleeved collared shirt;
- using a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen on skin that is not covered by clothing; and
- seeking shade where possible.
Protection is especially important between 10am and 4pm during daylight saving months – when UV radiation is highest.
Using sunbeds or sunlamps increases 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 such as melanoma.