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Mark Richards shares his skin cancer story, as he advocates for skin checks and melanoma awareness | Newcastle Herald



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When Newcastle surfing great Mark Richards was a youngster, proper sunscreen wasn’t around. And when it did become available, it wasn’t effective like it is now. “The first sunscreen I remember my mum putting on me was a Coppertone nose coat. It was like a clear yellowish grease basically,” the four-time surfing world champion said. “It was like a yellowish petroleum jelly that you would smear on your face, but it washed off in the water. If you got it on your hands or board, it made your board feel like it had soap on it. “I was pretty reluctant to use it. I think a lot of the time when mum put it on me, I just wiped it off on a towel before I went in the water.” Other forms of sun protection weren’t common then,…

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