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More common than you think but easily prevented, skin cancer should be a top focus for Australians

It’s no secret that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world but new figures from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc suggest sunburnt residents of this land are at even greater risk than previously realised.

Two our of three people living in Australia will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. In recent years, skin cancer has become Australia’s most common insurance claim.

That’s the disturbing news.

The good news is that there is a range of straightforward measures that can be taken to prevent skin cancer. Also, if diagnosed early, skin cancers can usually be treated easily, quickly and successfully.

Two out of three people who live in Australia will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.

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Did you know Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world?  The Australian incidence of melanoma is 12 times the global average rate1. Melanoma is the third most common form of cancer for Australian men and women, and the most common cause of cancer for Australians aged between 15 and 441.

What exactly is melanoma?

Melanoma starts in a certain type of skin cell. Typically, it develops as a growth of abnormal melanocyte cells. These are the cells that produce the pigment melanin that colours the skin, hair and eyes, and which often form moles.

Problems can arise when melanocytes are over-exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, for example through sunburn. While sunburn goes away, the effect of UV radiation is cumulative. That is, the more someone exposes their skin to the harsh Australian sun over the years, the higher their risk of melanoma. Read More…


Divorce is certainly an emotional time for families. In fact, it ranks as one of the most stressful experiences in life. However, it is not only the adults who experience this stress. If the adults are parents, their children often suffer greatly. Their suffering can not be entirely eliminated. A certain amount of grief at the ‘death’ of their parents’ relationship is to be expected. Nevertheless, while the adults are going through typically arduous legal wrangling it is important for them to remember the needs of their children and put them first. Deciding to cooperate for their sake will help to protect the children’s emotional well being by maintaining their sense of security and need for unconditional love. Marital breakdown is difficult for everyone – especially children. There are several ways in which loving, responsible parents can cooperate for the good of their children. Even though the marriage may have broken down, the parental relationship is ’till death do us part’. Read More…


With each New Year comes the determination to begin exercising. Perhaps even you made a promise to add more exercise into your day. If your efforts at exercising are not going as well as you had planned, take a look at these tips. They might help get you back on track.

Tip #1 – Do Something You Enjoy

Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on exercise gadgets you will likely never use, either. Anything you do to get your body moving is going to be better than doing nothing. Walking is an easy exercise that you can do just about anywhere, in any climate. Bike riding, dancing, gardening, weight lifting, swimming, playing a favorite sport, house cleaning and even playing in the yard with your children are just some of the ways you can add exercise into your daily routine.

Tip #2 – Schedule Time for Exercise Read More…


The level of spirituality we hold with ourselves is one way in which we establish some wellness of mind. Spirituality, on any level, is a way to cleanse the mind and refresh the soul. Wellness is not only about the mind, though. It is a state of our whole being. Wellness is a state of mind, body, and soul.

Meditation is a good way to achieve wellness for your mind. Read More…


Have you heard the saying, “A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots”?

What if I told you they were wrong? What if I told you that you can change and that your history is not the main factor in what you want to do, or become even at a biological level.

Advancements in biology and in how we think and function are catching up with people like Napoleon Hill or Maxwell Maltz of whom, told us that the way we think and feel, and that which we focus on will shape our world and the outcome of our lives. We literately become what we focus on most.
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Looking to get to know your date better? Running out of things to talk to your date about? First date jitters and don’t know what to talk about? Well, here are 100 questions that can break the ice and get a conversation going. The most important thing is to have fun! You might be surprised by what you learn about the other person. Don’t force anyone to answer a question they don’t want to and don’t pry deeper if they are not willing to talk about a certain subject. Use your judgement about what is and isn’t an appropriate question to ask.
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