Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP will be giving away ‘trademark red’ sunglasses at this year’s Bendigo Agricultural Show, marking 1 year since her eye cancer treatment.
“We’re always reminded to slip, slop and slap but it’s important to remember to ‘slide’ on the sunglasses also,” Ms Chesters said.
“Last year I was diagnosed with a very rare form of melanoma on my eye. I am now cancer free because of my early diagnosis and treatment, but prevention is key.”
Radiation from the sun doesn’t just damage the skin; it can lead to eye complaints such as cataracts and cancers on the surface of the eye.
Cancer Council recommends protecting the eyes at all times when UV level is 3 or above.
During summer in Australia, all parts of the country experience long periods during the day when the UV level is 3 or above.
Sunglasses can also be useful when the UV index is below 3 to help with sun glare and reflections.
“My experience has been minor compared to the fight many are taking on with cancer,” Ms Chesters said.
“Developments in prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer will save lives.
“I’m encouraging local residents, young and old, to visit my stall at the Bendigo Show this weekend and grab a pair of sunnies.”