How do you start your morning? I think my idea of having the sunscreen next to the toothpaste reminds met to Slop up each day, because I always, well nearly always brush my teeth! Thankfully, I am yet to brush my teeth with Sunscreen…..

When I do a Skin Cancer Check, I will run through the Sunsmart message. You know slip slop slap. I see that  the Cancer Council has added a couple of extra hints in addition to the original Slip Slop and Slap. I have to confess that I have only realised today that Sid is a seagull. I think the yellow face threw me.

Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.

Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours when outdoors or more often if perspiring or swimming.

Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.

Seek shade.

Slide on sunglasses.

I think we are doing a much better job of protecting our skin in these sunny latitudes. I remember my Dad at work laying bricks in the Perth summer sun with just a pair of shorts and boots. He added a hat a bit latter. Now more workers are choosing or are required to wear long pant and sleeves. Long sleeve fishing shirts are trendy. My kids remind me to cover up.

A few statistics from Australian Institute for Health and Welfare to encourage you protect yourself.

  • In 2016, an estimated 13,280 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in Australia, and 1,770 people will die from this disease.
  • The rate of melanoma is increasing; from 27 cases per 100,000 in 1982 to 49 per 100,000 in 2016.
  • Some good news is that for those under 40 the rate has dropped from a 13 cases per 100,000 in 2002 to an 9.4 per 100,000 in 2016.


  • Between 1982 and 2016, the mortality rate rose from 4.7 deaths per 100,000 to an 6.2 deaths per 100,000.

If you are too busy to see your GP for a skin check, have at a look at this guide melanoma, basal cell or squamous cell cancer. But really make the time to have a skin check.

PS Not endorsing Colgate, Oral B nor Galderma in their post – just the concept!


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