BEARD SEASON 2020 - FORMALLY KNOWN AS WINTER
July 6, 2020
The statistics around skin cancer in Australia are seriously quite horrifying to be honest. One Australian is killed by melanoma every five hours and two out of every three Australians are likely to get some form of skin cancer before the age of seventy. Our national melanoma rate is twelve times that of the global norm and that is a figure that the blokes behind a movement called Beard Season are determined to change.
Can a beard save your life? You betcha, read on to find out how:
Beard Season is a non-for-profit Australian charity that is having a massive impact on a global scale. Their mission is to champion the early detection of melanoma - one of the world’s most deadliest cancers.
The movement was started by a group of mates who lost a friend to melanoma in 2010. At only 26 years old Wes Bonny was that friend who tragically lost his life. In honour of Wes the blokes have successfully started a movement that is now saving a life on average every week.
The concept of beard season is that blokes grow a beard for winter and use their wild and woolly facial growth as a life saving conversation starter, a rugged reminder for friends and family to get a skin check with a GP or dermatologist.
Does it sound like something you would like to get involved in? Come on, who doesn’t want a good excuse to warm up with a thick beard in winter. Tell the missus about the good cause and the permission will surely follow.
Want to know what to look out for on your own skin? The team at beardseason.com introduce the ABCDE warning signs of suss looking spots, which are as follows:
Asymmetry - Moles that, if divided in half are not the same on both sides.
Border - Moles with edges that are jagged like a coastline.
Colour - Moles gaining or loosing colour or multicoloured.
Diameter - Moles more than 5mm in diameter (especially of uneven in colour)
Evolution - Moles that have changed size, shape, colour or risen.
While these are all warning signs that may help you identify a problem mole, keep in mind that the biggest part of their advocacy is to encourage people to get a skin check with a GP or dermatologist, if properly detected and treated early, your chance of survival is close to 100%.
How can you help?
Share The Love - The simplest way to help out is to help spread awareness, head to the website and grab some material to help spread the word.
Donate - Make a donation that will not only save you money when it comes to tax time but will also help save lives.
Grow For Gold - Sign up as an Ambassador online and grow your beard to help raise much needed funds towards the national skin check program. Encourage your mates to get involved and get together for some fundraising activities.
Join the cause at: https://beardseason.com