Western Leader : December 10th 2010
8 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 WAITAKERE NEW LYNN CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS BISSELL STEAM MOP O ers valid until Friday December 24, 2010. Strictly while stocks last. Only at Godfreys Waitakere and New Lynn. 169 $ BARGAIN! NEW LYNN LYNN MALL SHOPPING CENTRE 09 825 0274 WATAKERE WAITAKERE MEGA CENTRE 09 837 0589 299 $ GREAT BUY! MIELE S2120 ELECTROLUX ERGORAPIDOS 179 $ GIFT IDEA! Convenience to clean! Available in four colours. 1600W maximum power Great for around the home for cleaning carpet and hard floors BL K & K USTBUST S F OM $29! S INSTO FO MO G T H ISTM S LS The most environmentally safe and thorough way to clean bare floors Mon 13 & Tues 14 December Weds 15 & Thurs 16 December St Giles invite you to join us on Christmas Eve. Community Carol Service 24th Dec. 9pm The story of Christmas told in story, scripture and song. Join us to sing the songs of Christmas and to celebrate Jesus, the gift that keeps giving. St Giles Presbyterian Church 1 Flanshaw Road.Te Atatu on the round-about Ph: 834 6451 Please note services throughout January are 10am every Sunday 50% off selected Paua & Greenstone Jewellery 31 Veronica Street, New Lynn Ph: 827 1064 opposite LynnMall car park Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm Sat 10am-4pm Open Sunday 12th & 19th Dec 10am till 4pm Be sunsmart and save your skin It s been a stunning start to the summer and although a wet festive season is being predicted don t be complacent about protecting yourself from the sun! The Cancer Society of New Zealand says Ultra- violet Radiation (UVR) from the sun, which causes sunburn, is not related to heat or high temperatures. You can still get sunburned on a cool or cloudy day. This makes New Zea- land a challenging environment for sun pro- tection because even on cool or cloudy days, the UVR levels can be strong enough to damage skin. The Cancer Society advises that between September and March, you should: Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, hats that pro- tect the face, ears and neck and wrap around sunglasses. Use SPF 30+ water resistant sunscreen, and reapply every two hours especially after swim- ming or being in water. Seek shade. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in this country and New Zea- land has one of the highest rates of it in the world. There are nearly 50,000 new skin cancers a year, including 1800 new cases of melanoma. About 300 people die of skin cancer a year, most from melanoma. You are most likely to be burnt on your face, neck, shoulder, and lower arm. The face and neck are the most com- mon places for skin cancers particularly squamous cell carcinoma -- a raised, crusty, non- healing sore, or basal cell carcinoma -a pale, red or pearly raised lump. As well as individuals taking responsibility for protecting themselves from the sun, the Cancer Society urges those plan- ning outdoor events and activities to be SunS- mart. You can do this by: Scheduling events to minimise time in the high UV danger period between 11am -- 4pm. Offering sun protection for participants, spectators and staff by providing effective shade. For example, use marquees, tents and umbrellas, allocate shaded areas, encourage people to bring portable shade structures, like beach umbrellas, and encourage people to bring their own sun- screen and provide or sell sunscreen to staff, participants and spectators. Promote the SunSmart message in your litera- ture/publicity. Use the public address system to remind people to be SunSmart. Officials and partici- pants should be encour- aged to wear hats with wide brims (at least 7.5 cm) or bucket style hats (deep crown and at least 6 cm brim). Caps or visors do not shade the face and neck adequately and are not recommended. Shirts with long sleeves and collars should be worn as should long- legged shorts or trousers. If you discover a skin abnormality, adequate surgical treatment is essential and, as with other cancers, early detection can prevent the spread of skin cancer. Any skin abnormality should be checked par- ticularly if one of the fol- lowing occurs: A: It s asymmetrical B: It bleeds. C: It changes colour. D: It grows in diameter. E: It s on an area of your body that has been exposed to the sun. Men slow to act One of New Zealand s leading dermatologists says Kiwi men are risking their lives by waiting too long to act after becoming concerned about a mole or lesion. Skin cancer specialist and MoleMap medical direc- tor, Dr Mark Gray, says new patient research shows that one in five men waited at least six months to act on a lesion of concern, with one in 20 taking up to a year. MoleMap is a melanoma surveillance and diagnos- tic service which combines modern technologies with an expert dermatologist s diagnosis to screen for melanoma. Dr Gray says the new survey highlights just how many men delay seeking medical advice for lesions of concern and how this can ultimately result in a worse prognosis if the lesion is in fact a skin cancer. Kiwis need to ensure they visit a specialist as soon as they find a mole or lesion of concern as we ve found that more than one in five of these consul- tations results in a diagnosis of skin cancer. I can t stress enough the importance of following your instincts and having a mole of concern checked as soon as you discover it., says Dr Gray.
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