Melanoma Awareness Month

Due to our climate here in Australia, it allows us for majority of the year to participate in outdoor activities whether for work or play. However this increases our risk of sun damage to our skin. Unfortunately this sun damage can develop into various forms of skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when skin cells become abnormal and begin to multiply out of control. The type of skin cancer takes its name from the type of cells affected  i.e. Basal cell, squamous cell or melanoma. 90% of skin cancers are caused by the sun. Australia has the highest incidence of Skin Cancer in the world. Currently one in 20 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and 1 person dies every 5 hours of melanoma  in Australia.

Slip, Slop, Slap is a campaign that has been advertised since 1981 in Australia by the Cancer Council. In 2007, Seek and Slide were added (Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide). The campaigns simple messaging has helped spread the word of the importance of;

  • Wearing Sun Protection Clothing (Slip)
  • Wearing Sunscreen (Slop)
  • Wearing a Hat (Slap)
  • Seeking shaded areas especially during high UV ray periods (Seek)
  • Sliding on wrap around sunglasses (Slide)

McKay Drilling take the health and wellbeing of our employees very seriously. Melanoma March is a reminder to all to protect the parts of skin not protected by Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and uniforms. Sunscreen to your hands, face, neck and ears is your best defence.

Throughout March our employees will be entitled to a FREE skin check through an external provider, please contact to learn more.

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