Five Things You Can Do During Skin Cancer Action Week

Skin Cancer Action Week runs from November 20 - 26, 2016. The purpose of this week is to build awareness of skin cancer, a condition that affects two in three Australians before the age of 70. Wondering what you could do to get involved with Skin Cancer Action Week on a personal level? Here are some ideas to consider:

1. Build awareness through social media.

Regardless of which social media sites you use, consider building awareness by posting informational, educational or inspirational articles or videos about skin cancer. For example, want to inspire hope? Share an article about new research from the University of Tel Aviv about the chemicals researchers have discovered to halt skin cancer from metastasising. Alternatively, share tips on how to fight skin cancer or how often to get screened.

2. Schedule a skin cancer screening for yourself.

In addition to trying to educate and inspire people, you should also ensure that you personally are taken care of. To that end, schedule a skin cancer screening at a local skin cancer clinic. In most cases, the earlier you catch cancerous cells, the easier it is to deal with them.

3. Donate skin cancer fighting tools to local homeless shelters or charities.

To help the community, consider donating items that fight skin cancer to local homeless shelters or charities that help families. Some of the items you may want to consider donating include sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses. Consider donating small bottles of sunscreen so that homeless people can easily carry them around without being weighed down. If you don't have a local charity to which you can donate, make small care packages on your own and hand them out to people on the street.

4. Talk with your kids about skin cancer.

Talking about illnesses with children can be a bit scary and confusing, but when a disease is as widespread as skin cancer is in Australia, you need to address it. This is especially important because with skin cancer, the risks start young. Your children need to know about the risks and why it's important to protect themselves.

5. Make a donation.

Finally, consider making a donation to a charity that works with skin cancer. There are multiple options including the Skin and Cancer Foundation, the Sydney Skin Hospital Foundation, the Cancer Council Australia and countless others. If possible, get involved by making a donation every year during this special week.

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