Who has your back?
If the rising temperatures and humidity is enough indication, I think it’s safe to say Summer is on the way. For all of us as Eco Tan HQ, this means days by the beach, cold drinks and lots of time in the pool. While we’re all excited to be out in the warm weather, it can be sobering to remember that Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. It’s incredibly pertinent that we review the warning signs of melanoma, how to check for them, and to check a mates back!
Checking your skin regularly for any new spots or changes in existing spots is crucial. Catching a melanoma early can be the difference between clear health or cancer.
Generally speaking, there are several signs you can look out for yourself:
- Size – is the spot getting bigger?
- Colour – is the colour of the spot becoming patchy?
- Shape – does the spot have an irregular edge or lack symmetry?
- Elevation – has the spot become raised?
- Itchiness – is the spot itchy?
Unfortunately, unless you’re a contortionist, it’s unlikely that you can check every nook and cranny on your own body for irregular looking spots. That’s why this Summer we’re encouraging you to have a mate’s back by checking their backs. Grab a friend, foe, family member or stranger – it doesn’t matter – and get them to look in those hard to reach places! It might be weird ringing up a friend and asking them to scan your back for moles, but you won’t regret it if they actually do find something. And don’t forget to do the same for your friends! They’ll thank you later when they’ve prevented a spot from becoming a melanoma.
Most importantly this Summer, we always encourage you to employ a full sun safety routine. Wear a hat, sunglasses, protective clothing and seek shade to avoid direct exposure to UV rays. And, of course, WEAR SUNSCREEN! Our All Natural Coconut Sunscreen uses only natural ingredients to create a physical barrier against UV rays from permeating your skin. It’s also FREE of oxybenzone, which is a nasty chemical harming our beautiful sea creatures.
Sun safety is always priority as it’s so important to take care of your skin. We hope that you enjoy your Summer without putting yourself in harms way!