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Summer Skin Check Sessions

Get your skin checked for free at three waterfront Merivale venues throughout January.
By Marissa Ciampi
December 13, 2019
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Summer Skin Check Sessions

Get your skin checked for free at three waterfront Merivale venues throughout January.
By Marissa Ciampi
December 13, 2019
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Beach season is in full swing, but frolicking in the sun comes with its risk. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world — with two out of three Aussies getting it before age 70 — so, beach season also means skin check season. And since the team at Merivale likes to turn everything into a party, it has teamed up with Aussie not-for-profit Beard Season to offer free skin checks across three of its beachside venues.

Head into the The Newport, Coogee Pavilion or The Collaroy in January to have your skin looked at by trained doctors and nurses using AI-based screening technology. The checks will take place in private huts within the venues, and each will take around 10–20 minutes.

While melanoma — an aggressive type of skin cancer — remains one of Australia's biggest killers, it's also one of the most successful cancers to treat if discovered early. This is why it's important to get your skin checked regularly. And you should slip, slop, slap, seek (shade) and slide (on sunglasses) when you're outside, too.

Beard Season's Jimmy Niggles and Merivale's Justin Hemmes by Dimitri Tricolas.

Alongside the screening, Merivale will also host the Million Dollar Beard Ball in February, during which Beard Season founder Jimmy Niggles will shave off his massive beard for a whopping $1 million. He'll then funnel that money into launching a national skin check program.

Each venue is only hosting the free skin checks on select dates, with The Newport running January 4–8 and the other two venue dates still to be announced. Keep an eye on the website for more info.

Summer Skin Check Sessions are happening across The Newport, The Collaroy and The Coogee Pavilion at various dates throughout January.

Top image: The Newport

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