Richie Benaud, one of the all-time great cricketer and a legendary cricket commentator, passed away early this month aged 84, after a long battle with recurring skin cancers.
His battle with skin cancers resonates with many who lived in that era when outdoor sports and skin cancer risks was not well appreciated.
We now know better.
In his words, “I never ever wore a cap on the field when I was playing,” he said. “I wish I had.”
We must heed the wisdom and messages from those such as Richie.
If you enjoy outdoor sports, please maximise your sun protection and have regular skin checks.
Skin cancers are much less likely to recur when detected and treated early. With specialised equipment and technique such as dermoscopy, we can now achieve early detection of skin cancers.
If Richie’s messages are heard and practised by our young generation of athletes, his legacy will extend even further.