The Cessnock Advertiser's Letters to the Editor: May 26, 2021

Sandy Creek Road

Sandy Creek Road

SANDY CREEK ROAD UPGRADE

Two corners between 474 and 574 Sandy Creek Road, Quorrobolong need rethinking before the current upgrade is completed, for the safety of road users.

I have emailed Council with suggestions, but have not yet had a response.

The trees are coming down, and earthworks will soon begin. Action needs to happen before the new road is "set in concrete"!

I am happy to be contacted by others who would like to activate for a better result - meaning a safer road. Email ken@kenaveling.com or call 0412909677.

Ken Aveling-Rowe, Quorrobolong

WORLD MELANOMA DAY: COVER UP ALL YEAR ROUND

Sunday, May 23 was World Melanoma Day, a day we remember that skin cancer remains our national cancer; it is the most common cancer in Australia, with two in three of us diagnosed in our lifetime. We must not become complacent as we move into cooler months.

You may have seen the release of new Cancer Council NSW data showing that only a quarter of people in NSW use sun protection year-round, even though the UV is high enough across the state to cause cancer for at least 10 months of the year.

People often think that sun protection is only needed in summer or when it's hot, but the reality is, we need to be protecting ourselves using five forms of sun protection year-round - even on cool and cloudy days.

It is the UV radiation that causes skin cancer, not heat, so whenever the UV is three or above it is vital that you SLIP on a shirt, SLOP on sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SEEK shade and SLIDE on sunglasses. To keep track of the UV rating in your local area, download Cancer Council's SunSmart app on the App Store or Google Play

While protecting your skin from the sun is the best defence against skin cancer, it is also important to regularly check your skin for new or changed spots. In a room with good light, undress completely and use a full-length mirror to check your whole body. To check areas that are difficult to see, use a handheld mirror or ask someone to help you.

If you notice any changes to your skin, make an appointment with your doctor straightaway. You will have a better outcome if the skin cancer is found and treated early.

Take care and stay sun safe.

Liz King, Skin Cancer Prevention Manager, Cancer Council NSW

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