If we learnt anything this past year, it’s that disease doesn’t discriminate. But more importantly, it’s shown us that our family, friends and community mean so much to us. We now know, more than ever, that we need to look after ourselves and the ones closest to us.
With approximately two in three Australians to be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70*, it's one of Australia’s most common cancers, but also one of the most easily detectable and preventable.
Now in its fifth year, TAL SpotChecker has been educating Australians about the importance of skin safety by encouraging conversations about the benefits of early detection, and the importance of both self-checking and getting regular, professional skin checks.
This year, three incredible Australians who have personally experienced skin cancer share their experiences with us. Each of their stories are powerful and unique. Yet, there is a consistent theme, no matter your skin type, prevention is more powerful than cure. And the simplest form of prevention is getting a skin check to catch and stop skin cancer before it spreads.
EARLY DETECTION CAN SAVE LIVESWhen skin cancer is detected early, chances of successful treatment are increased. But in order to stop skin cancer spreading, it has to be detected in time. This summer, TAL SpotChecker is back helping Australians understand the importance of skin safety through resources, including how to self-check and the importance of booking a professional skin check.
2020 has seen the way we take care of ourselves evolve. Innovations in technology mean we can check our spots anytime, anywhere, that’s why we’re partnering with Firstcheck^ again this year to support TAL SpotChecker. Now you or your clients can take photos of spots you're concerned about on your skin and send them directly to an Australian skin cancer doctor for review from your smart phone using the Firstcheck dyplens®.
This year Australians have never been more aware of their health which makes it an ideal time to share the TAL SpotChecker Australian Skin Safety Report.
The Report brings together insights and research covering Australians’ attitudes towards skin safety and skin cancer over the past five years. It contains revealing insights and stories from skin cancer survivors that demonstrate just how vital taking preventative action is to preserve overall health.
Visit TAL SpotChecker to find out more.
* Staples MP, Elwood M, Burton RC, Williams JL, Marks R, Giles GG. Non-melanoma skin cancer in Australia: the 2002 national survey and trends since 1985. Med J Aust 2006 Jan 2;184(1):6-10 Abstract available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16398622.
^This service (and any liability associated with its provision) is provided by Firstcheck and not TAL.