Well done — you’ve made it through the ‘trials and tribulations’ of 2020. We reckon you deserve a break, and like us, that probably means spending time relaxing outdoors. Take care, though — the Kiwi sun can be just as harmful as COVID-19.
Beware of melanoma
Do you know that New Zealand has the highest rates of melanoma in the world? It’s true, and, sadly, more than 2,000 cases of melanoma are reported every year, which result in around 370 deaths.
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Tips for keeping safe
Most skin cancers appear in people over the age of 50. However, the damage can start in childhood, so protecting your skin from New Zealand’s harmful UV rays needs to be a lifelong habit. Being ‘sun smart,’ can also reduce wrinkles, skin spots and blotches and eye damage.
Here are five things that you can do to protect your skin:
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.
- Keep to the shade as much as you can between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses and long sleeves and trousers or skirt.
- Avoid indoor tanning.
- Get regular skin checks.
We’ve emphasised tip 5, ‘Get regular skin checks,’ because there is no doubt that early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers saves lives.
We strongly recommend that you check these guys out. Starting from $75 plus GST per head, Skinspect will send a fully qualified dermoscopist to your workplace to perform full-body skin checks, which only take around 30 minutes per person. Keeping your people safe couldn’t be easier.
Happy New Year!
On behalf of the team at Pink Bins, we want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.
As we write, there is a new COVID case in Northland, which serves as a reminder to stay vigilant. We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed that New Zealand can get through 2021 without any of the disruption experienced last year. So, let’s all continue to play by the rules to ensure the COVID virus is kept at bay.
Stay safe, everyone.