Num­bers that could save your life

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Te Hiku Hauora

SPF is the sun pro­tec­tion fac­tor that tells you how much UVR is fil­tered out by a sun­screen. The higher the num­ber, the more UV ra­di­a­tion is fil­tered out and the more your skin is pro­tected. An SPF 30+ sun­screen is rec­om­mended by the Cancer So­ci­ety.

New Zealand has the high­est in­ci­dence of melanoma in the world. More than 4000 New Zealan­ders are di­ag­nosed with melanoma ev­ery year, and around 300 die ev­ery year. Al­though the ma­jor­ity of melanomas oc­cur in peo­ple over 50 years of age, it can oc­cur at any age, and even young chil­dren have been di­ag­nosed.

Te Hiku Hauora’s mo­bile nurs­ing team will set up a Sum­mer Safety Clinic at Ca­ble Bay, op­po­site the store, on Tues­day (De­cem­ber 18), from 10am to 2pm, of­fer­ing a range of ad­vice on melanoma, be­ing sun-smart, recog­nis­ing rips in the sea, boat safety and gen­eral first aid.

They will also be giv­ing away bot­tled wa­ter to pro­mote the im­por­tance of stay­ing hy­drated on hot sum­mer days, and sun­block will also be avail­able.

Our reg­is­tered mo­bile nurses Robyn Tepa­nia, Natalie Med­landParker, Fiona Swain­son-Wat­son, and com­mu­nity health worker Lisa Deans are very pas­sion­ate about pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to keep our wha¯ nau and com­mu­nity safe in the wa­ter and on our beaches this sum­mer. So drop on by and en­ter our draw to win a sum­mer pack.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the mo­bile nurs­ing team on 0800 808-4024, and/or visit www.fam­i­ly­health­di­ary.co.nz and www.melanoma.org.nz

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