After long, hot innings, Richie Benaud has skin cancer

Richie Benaud... skin cancer
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FORMER Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud has revealed he is undergoing radiation therapy for skin cancer.

The highly regarded commentator made his illness public on Monday at the Nine Network's launch for its summer cricket coverage.

Benaud, 84, is receiving treatment for skin cancers on his forehead and the top of his head.

"I'm coping with it very well - the doctors are pleased," Benaud said at the SCG.

"I'm going along slowly. The cancers need to be treated."

More on this at ABC News

Tips for preventing skin cancer

Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.

Slap on a hat - broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.

Seek shade.

Slide on some sunglasses - make sure they meet Australian Standards.

Applying sunscreen

Apply sunscreen liberally - at least a teaspoon for each limb, front and back of the body and half a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears. Most people don't apply enough sunscreen resulting in only 50-80% of the protection stated on the product.

Source: Cancer Council of Australia

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