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Woman speaks out after skin check at age 15 saved her life

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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