Hi, my name is Andrew.
Outdoorsy, open minded & happy.
Today, I'm big advocate for sun safety, so I'm very proactive with looking after my skin. I wear long sleeved Solbari shirts and long pants whenever I'm outside, with SPF50+ sunscreen on my face and neck, and a broad brim hat! It's just become part of the morning ritual like brushing your teeth.
I'm always pushing my friends and family to be more sun safe, I think most know the effects of the sun, but not to the extent they should. Most don't seem to understand the UV index, and how quickly you can get burnt in the middle of the day. There's still a long way to go for sun safety education!
I'm 28, I've never had skin cancer, but I didn't want a diagnosis to be the catalyst to start being more sunsafe. It's never too early or too late to look after your skin.
I'd probably tell myself to listen to my parents more. As a young child my parents always made sure us kids were very well covered up. We would always have to wear sunscreen when going out for longer periods in the sun, and if we were at the beach, we'd be wearing the full length head-to-toe sun suits, which apparently got a lot of funny looks from other parents!
As I grew older, I swapped the sun suit for some board shorts & a rash shirt. But a lot of the time it was just the shorts. Unfortunately when you're a teenager, you're a bit more concerned with what other people think of you.
These days I'm confident covering up when outside. I now go to the beach wearing long swimming tights & a long sleeve rashie, and just laugh a little to myself thinking how I'd feel wearing this at 16. It's a good feeling knowing you're looking after yourself, reducing your risk of skin cancer, and premature ageing.
I'm glad I've started looking after my skin though my own choice now, and I'd definitely tell my 16 year old self to look after yourself, and don't worry about what others are wearing!
Thank you Andrew for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Australia is ranked 1st for melanoma incidence rates at 33.6 per 100,000 of population. This has equated to between 1,400 and 2,000 Australians dying from melanoma per annum in recent times.
We understand that getting an appointment with a dermatologist or skin doctor can be challenging and expensive.
We decided it would be great to bring the best early skin cancer detection technology direct to the Solbari global community.
The introduction of “lockdowns”, the restriction of movement and non-essential healthcare activities being suspended have had an impact on the diagnosis of cancer cases including skin cancer.
Countries around the World are now evaluating the unintended consequences of Covid-19 restrictions on the diagnosis of cancer. Sadly, cancer related death rates are expected to increase over the coming years due to the delay in diagnosis.