by Steve Lague

Checking emails daily is a part of modern-day life. One that BoatAdvice received earlier this month caught our eye. Not because it informed us of a new boat about to hit the market, or a fantastic new product or even a boating lifestyle event.

It was from Melanoma Patients Australia, a not-for-profit organisation set up to support and represent those affected by melanoma. Its services include counselling, education and peer-to-peer connections. It also provides support that can be accessed online, on the phone or face-to-face.

Its vision is to reduce the impact of melanoma on all Australians.

The main thrust of the email was asking for support, which you can do by going directly to its website.

But equally importantly it was a reminder that this is the time of the year that all Australians should be taking extra care when in the sun.

As boaties we spend a large part of our social life enjoying our magnificent Australian summer, some of us are also lucky enough to spend a fair portion of our working life on the water too.Melanoma

With this in mind I thought it would be a great time to share the information with our readers.

The email says that this time of year it’s critical to spread the message about being sun smart.

It also urges all Australians to regularly check their skin.

To help with the latter MPA has created a chart (shown on the right) to give you a guide as to what you should be looking.

It also said you can help by:

  • Saving MPA’s ABCDE image to your device or print it for the fridge.  Just save it. . .these signs may save you one day.
  • Sharing MPA’s ABCDE link with your family and friends.

Providing support to those affected by melanoma was the vision of Brent Grace, MPA’s co-founder.  Brent wanted to connect with other melanoma patients, learn about trials and discover healthy living options.  Unfortunately there was nothing available to him – no support groups or easily accessible information regarding trials.  With no way to connect with others sharing similar experiences, Brent felt isolated.

Thanks to his vision and the work of MPA over the past ten years, more than 10,000 patients have been supported through their melanoma experience.