Hello you

You are in the prime of your life, full of potential, with big dreams for your future. This, as they say, is ‘your time in the sun’. It is also a time when you’re at a high risk of over exposure to UV Radiation, which could cut your time in the sun painfully short.

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intensely glowing sun

The sun

The star at the centre of our solar system is the most important source of light and life on Earth.

It takes about 8 minutes for the sun’s light to reach us.

sun rays hitting earth

UV Radiation

Light from the sun contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV is both the major cause of skin cancer and the best natural source of Vitamin D. It’s important to remember that for most people, you will get enough Vitamin D through your incidental exposure to the sun.

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You and UV

Throughout your life, each time you don’t adequately protect yourself from moderate or higher levels of UV, it can damage your DNA.

Incoming UV photon
normal DNA chain before
broken DNA chain after
damaged DNA

Damaged DNA

Damage to your DNA builds up over time. If it gets damaged too much that’s how melanoma begins.

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melanoma

Melanoma is one of the most serious types of skin cancer. At just 1mm deep it can get into your bloodstream and spread easily to other parts of the body.

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Metastases

Even if you have a melanoma removed, within months or years it can still spread as a secondary cancer to your bones, your lungs, your heart or your head.

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Protect your skin

This is your time in the sun.
Don’t cut it short.
Protect your skin in 5 ways:

Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on a pair of sunglasses.

The Film

Pretty Shady productions partnered with Australian Director Josh Logue to produce a film dramatising a life cut short by secondary cancer. The film is a powerfully emotional reminder of how precious life is, and why it’s so important to protect your skin.

Real Stories

The people in these films, are people living with cancer. They have volunteered to share their stories in the hope they can help influence you to protect your skin from over exposure to UV Radiation.

Veronica Manock Play Veronica Manock Laurie Thompson Play Laurie Thompson Monica Zanetti Play Monica Zanetti

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Protect Your Skin In Five Ways