AVOIDING the sun is difficult when we’re encouraged to spend time outdoors for health and happiness, but more than 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.

While the “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide” SunSmart message is a fairly obvious one these days and children in many schools have “no hat, no play” policies, we can still take precautions to scan our skin.

Regan O’Grady was a once sun-loving teenager who thought nothing of heading out to the beach for a tan.

It was common to return to school sunburnt and peeling.

But the way she feels about the outdoors has changed after she had a cancer scare at the age of 17.

“Every 17-year-old is invincible,” she said.

Now 22, and at the end of the five-year “remission” period, she is using this year’s International Women’s Day theme of “Inspiring Change” to spread the message about skin health.

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