Summer's here again and it's time to slip, slop, slap – the slogan that has become the catch-cry of Australians enjoying the great outdoors.
And slip, slop, slap has never been so important as it is now with Australia having the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.
Although melanoma can be deadly, over 90% can be cured if detected early enough. Checking your skin regularly, and knowing what to look for, could save your life.
So, what's the best way to check? Well, look out for the "ABCD" characteristics of moles: asymmetry, borders (irregular edges), colour (look for changes, or a mixture of colors) and diameter (a dangerous spot is usually 6 mm wide).
Nodular melanoma, which may not be obvious on the surface of the skin, requires you to look out for the "E", "F" and "G" characteristics – evolving (changing over short period), firm and growing rapidly.
Doing these checks for yourself and encouraging others to do the same could save lives.
Another way to contribute to saving lives is by participating in the Melanoma March at Manly Beach on Sunday, 20 March 2016.
The Melanoma March is a fun, family event where participants walk, skip, hop, dance and parade around a 4km course to raise awareness and funds for research.
In recent years, thanks to research funded by people like you, breakthroughs have been made which have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients. Melanoma Institute Australia is confident that a cure is in sight.
The host of this event, James Economides, has been affected by melanoma and the devastating impact it has had on Australian society. James is a committed supporter of Melanoma Institute Australia and hopes to raise funds and awareness to help change the outcome and quality of life of people living with this disease. James, along with the team at Melanoma Institute Australia, would love you to get involved and march in support of a cure!