Aotearoa ski season is upon us. UV radiation is amplified at high altitude, and intensifies as it reflects off the snow. In fact, UV intensity not only increases with reflection from the snow, but from water and even concrete too!
Never For One Second Did I Think My Smudge Was Cancer
Aucklander Amanda Lockyer was just 41 years old, with two young children, when she noticed a strange ‘smudge’ on the sole of her right foot.
Out of sight, out of mind
Dunedin-based life coach and public speaker Julie Woods lost her sight at the age of 31, and in this edition of Spot News, she shares her inspirational story of how learning to manage her blindness has helped her through the shock and uncertainty of a melanoma diagnosis seven years ago.
I don’t like to nag, and I do understand that farm-life is often all consuming, but melanoma could have killed him.”
Thank goodness we went and got checked that day, but even then, we waited too long to follow up from that initial check.
Tattoos don’t protect your skin from melanoma
57-year-old Gordon Shaw felt the world had ended in October last year when he was told by his specialist that the red spot on his forearm was melanoma.
I honestly thought it was a Pimple
American-born secondary school teacher Thomas Tripp moved to North Canterbury in 2004. A self-confessed sun worshipper, Thomas says he absolutely loves the sun and warmth, and grew up in an era when baby oil was applied to the skin to get a tan faster.
Former All Black Coach Steve Hansen Shares His Personal Story of Melanoma
Steve Hansen is well-known in New Zealand, and in other rugby playing nations, as an inspirational leader and former coach of the All Blacks. What isn’t as well-known is that he has survived melanoma on three separate occasions.
I never thought I’d be a widow at age 49
“I never thought I’d be a widow at age 49. David was my soul mate; I think of him every day and his untimely death has left a lasting impact on me, and our two children.
Record $535,000 donation to Melanoma New Zealand a life saver
Ryman Healthcare is donating $535,000 to charity partner Melanoma New Zealand after a huge year of fundraising around the country. The support included the funds to allow Melanoma New Zealand to buy a Spot Check Van, which has been on the road since February and has...
The Spot Check Van Saved My Life
Aucklander and early childhood teacher Sarah Dixon’s world turned upside down when she was diagnosed earlier this year with melanoma. At just 33, married to Leigh, with a 12-year-old son, she didn’t realise what melanoma was, let alone how serious it could be, until...