One of the country’s most successful health campaigns has turned 21.
Syd the Seagull and his slip, slop, slap message has helped Australians for the last two decades guard against skin cancer.
Skye Schatzman from The Queensland Cancer Fund says the slip, slop, slap campaign has changed community attitudes toward sun exposure and most people understand the need to protect their skin.
However, she says there is no room for complacency.
“Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Australia,” she said.
“It accounts for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed every year, so we are looking at about 740 people being diagnosed with the cancer every day – of those about 1,000 will die of the disease each year.”
(Source: ABC Online)