Newsreader Georgie Gardner has a serious health warning for fans

The Cancer Council Australia says two-in-three people will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re 70
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Georgie Gardner posted a health warning on skin cancer. Source: Instagram/georgiegardner9

Former Today Show host Georgie Gardner wants fans to know the importance of checking their skin for cancer.

The Channel 9 newsreader has posted a photograph of herself on Instagram with a big white bandage on her back.

“Another skin cancer cut out & a call out to get your skin checked people!!” she writes.

Another skin cancer cut out & a call out to get your skin checked people!!

A photo posted by Georgie Gardner (@georgiegardner9) on

Gardner had posted on Instagram in May 2015 to show she’d had a squamous cell carcinoma cut out of her face reminding followers at the to check their skin for warning signs.

The TV star isn’t the only Australian celebrity who’s open about their sun-care concerns.

Hugh Jackman has had at least five skin cancers removed and tells fans on Twitter to remember to use sunscreen.

The Cancer Council Australia says that two-in-three Aussies will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for non-melanoma skin cancers each year.

Between 95 and 99 percent of those cancers are caused by sun exposure, the council says.

But there’s no formal screening program for skin cancers, it adds, saying that it’s a must for people to be familiar with their skin and consult their doctor if they notice any changes.

Have you had skin cancers removed? Do you think awareness campaigns by celebrities or health bodies are effective? Or are Australians still not cautious enough about sun exposure?

  1. Phil Charlton  

    After over 80 bcc’s and two melanomas I go every 3 months to be checked out, 1 or 2 each time.

  2. Virginia Hepplewhite  

    Sadly a lot of my damage was done as a young child and then a teen. I just wanted to be tanned like my friends. Now I go every few months for a full body check. I’ve had scc’s and bcc’ s cut out and, literally, hundreds of pre cancerous and cancerous growths frozen off. If only I knew the damage I was doing when I was young. Now I’m so careful.

  3. diana chafer  

    just had a bcc cut out from my face had not noticed it myself but was picked up on a skin check by GP this week so pleased i went as it was small would not have liked it to grow more as was close to the eye area.

  4. Too much water will drown you and too much sun exposure may burn you and lead to skin problems. But denying sunlight to people also leads to death. Recent research in the U.S. demonstrates that it is sun deprivation that leads to the death of about 330,000 people per year. Here are some of the scientifically documented heath benefits of sun exposure that you may have lost in the rush to condemn the sun as an enemy: •A 20-year Swedish study shows that sun avoidance is as bad for the health as cigarette smoking.

    •A Spanish study shows that women who seek the sun have one-eleventh the hip fracture risk as those who avoid sun.

    •Men who work outdoors have half the risk of melanoma as those who work indoors.

    •Women who totally avoid the sun have 10-times the risk of breast cancer as those who embrace the sun.

    •Women who sunbathe regularly have half the risk of death during a 20-year period compared to those who stay indoors.

    •Sun exposure increases nitric oxide production, which leads to a decrease in heart attack risk.

    •Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is essential to human survival, and sun exposure is the only natural way to obtain it. Sunbathing can produce 20,000 units of vitamin D in 20 minutes of whole-body exposure.

    •Sun exposure dramatically improves mood through the production of serotonin and endorphin.

    •Beyond vitamin D, sun exposure also stimulates the production of endorphin, nitric oxide and BDNF, all of which are vital to human health.

    •Regular sun exposure also reduces high blood pressure, heart disease, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis (MS).

    •As sunscreen use has increased dramatically, melanoma has INCREASED exponentially.

    For the scientific references and articles for the above statements, visit http://sunlightinstitute.org/

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