Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Too Much Sun Just Not Cricket - Warns Skin Cancer Expert

Media release : December 4, 2012

________________________________________

Too Much Sun Just Not Cricket - Warns Skin Cancer Expert

One of New Zealand's leading melanoma experts will take its cancer warning onto the cricket pitch with the launch of a national education campaign aimed at sports-mad Kiwi men.

Previous research* has shown that New Zealand males shun sun safety messages and continue to be at the greatest risk of developing skin cancer with more than one in four (27%) saying they rarely or never use a sunscreen.

Auckland dermatologist Dr Mark Gray hopes to address this statistic with the launch of a mole mapping tent during the Masters Series Cricket.

Dr Gray says despite the prevalence of free mole map services, more than 70% of New Zealanders are putting themselves at risk of deadly melanomas by not getting their moles checked as regularly as they should.

"I find it difficult to understand that despite 20 years of sun education and free spot checking services people don't bother to get themselves checked. Kiwi men and women need to be more responsible for taking adequate care in the sun, especially when it kills more than 300 of us annually.

"We have identified that cricket lovers often fall into the high risk category for skin cancer; that is they are often older males and spend long periods of time in peak UV time periods without sun protection," says Dr Gray.

NZCPA Chief Executive Heath Mills reinforces that "the real benefit of a relationship with MoleMap is that our members, who have spent a large amount of time exposed to the harsh New Zealand sun, will become more aware of the benefit of early detection as the best form of defence against skin cancer"

"We look forward to helping more New Zealanders to understand the simple message that regular skin screening is an easy and effective protection from what is an aggressive, but preventable illness" says Mills.

A team of MoleMap melanographers plan to travel the length of the country pitching their tents at Master Series cricket games and offering free mole checks for players and spectators.

The nationwide tour will start in Nelson on 9 December and end 17 March in Rotorua.

--

Notes to editors

*A 2007 study commissioned by the Skin Institute and conducted by Consumer Link (a division of Colmar Brunton) looked at Kiwis' sun protection habits during the warmer weather and the results have medical professionals concerned.

9 Dec 2012 MoleMap Masters v Nelson

Saxton Oval, Nelson

T20 match; starts 1.30pm

27 Jan 2013 MoleMap Masters v Otago Country

Molyneux Park, Alexandra

T20 match; starts 1.30pm

10 Feb 2013 MoleMap Masters v Poverty Bay

Harry Barker Reserve, Gisborne

T20 match; starts 1.30pm

24 Feb 2013 MoleMap Masters v Counties Manukau

Mountford Park, Manurewa

T20 match; starts 1.30pm

17 Mar 2013 MoleMap Masters v Northern Maori

Smallbone Park, Rotorua

T20 match; starts 1.30pm

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news