Most of you will be familiar with the Sun Smart jingle Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
Would you believe that most people ignore it?
It seems that us Kiwis’ slip, slop, slap and wrap knowledge is slipping away.
Every year ninety-thousand people are diagnosed, and five hundred die of skin cancer.
We even beat the Aussies again, this battle is one where I had hoped we would be the loser!
Why am I on my “mythical” high horse?
Years ago I was one of those, shall we say, misinformed people who sat around too long under those damaging UV rays. In November I paid the price for that stupidity, as I have had to endure the painful after-effects of a hand operation to remove a large squamous cell carcinoma. Though that bit of information is not the main focus of this post. The most important point is to make more people aware to get regular checkups.
The surgeon who operated on my hand has quite a few new patients and even more that are repeats. It would seem for many having a scalpel to dig out a lump of cancer is no deterrent or a big deal. For me, I was stunned to learn how many of his clients are still returning to the great outdoors without sun protection after surgery, then revisiting the Skin Clinic for a quick fix of that damaged skin. Quite understandably this attitude clearly incensed the medical staff.
Does vanity overrule common sense?
The belief it happens to someone else?
“It’s what my friends and I do every summer.”
Well, time to change that narrative and be a life saver.
Not a surf lifesaver.
A lifesaver of skin from cancer.
Who knows it could prove to be quite a trendsetter.
Not entirely convinced of protecting yourself from sunburn?
Go and sit in the reception of a skin clinic you might be surprised how many of your sun-loving friends are frequent visitors.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s only an old people’s problem. It is not.
This summer all you visitors and locals, please get into the rhymic movements of;
Slipping on a shirt, find some shade
Slopping on some sunscreen
Slapping on a hat
Wrapping around sunglasses
And most of all I wish you all
A Stunning Sunny Summer during 2018/19.
Check out these links for ways to be a wise SunSmart sunshine lover;