Yes, skin cancer will kill me.
This is my post from my blog’s Facebook page, Dear Melanoma.
My questions to you are…
What will it take for people to realise the dangers of sun exposure?
What will it take to overcome the “this will not happen to me” mentality?
What will it take for people to realise that there is NOTHING safe about tanning?
What will it take for people to be sun smart?
Habits are difficult to change, but my generation has grown up with the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign and we should know better. Yet, “almost half of young Australian’s are not aware that melanoma is the most common cancer in their age group” (Melanoma Institute Australia, 2016).
I was never a tanner but because of my red hair, blue eyes and a complexion, I was simply everything that melanoma is attracted to.
However, melanoma does not discriminate.
The most infuriating response in the article for me was by the man in the bottom right-hand corner that doesn’t wear sunscreen because he has “great skin and never blister or burn”. Sorry to break it to you, I sit in an oncology room full of melanoma patients that have “great” olive skin and now wish they had been sun smart in their younger years.
Quick fact: Bob Marley died of melanoma. I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that!
I stress again: melanoma does not discriminate.
Watch Wes Bonny’s melanoma story below (post continues after video).