When Wes was 23 he found a mole on his neck, which turned out to be melanoma. That was cut out, but the melanoma had spread to his blood stream.
When I first found out I thought it was just a mole - cut it out and that would be it. Seven days before my wedding, they found a lump on his brain...
Wes was no different to any other Australian young man. Loved sport, loved beaches. He tried to cover up the best he could. Evidently, not good enough.
Pretty much like any other guy our age, Wes loved being outside and hanging out with his mates. He'd never go to the beach intending to get a tan. Yeah. It's tough without him.
Thirty years after he first graced our television screens with his Slip, Slop, Slap message, Sid the Seagull is back with a new song that includes all of SunSmart's key messages.
A trip back in time to the 1980s and the birth of Sid the Seagull. Follows the evolution of our SunSmart program from the beginning to today's messages around solariums and workplace safety.
Clare Oliver died of melanoma in September 2007 and was part of a brave public awareness campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of tanning and skin cancer.
SunSmart advertisement from 2004. Tanning can lead to premature aging, melanomas and ugly scars caused by skin cancers. No tan is safe. Skin cancer is killer body art.
A 2002 advertisement. Every time you get surnburnt you put a timebomb under your skin that can turn into skin cancers and spread into other parts of your body. The best prevention is to get sunsmart.
A young couple dance to the catchy tune, You Can Leave Your Hat on. To get sunsmart and save your skin, slip on a shirt, slap on some sunscreen and leave your hat on.
Watch a surgeon treating a skin cancer. This skin cancer is removed from the nose and replaced with skin from the bum. To avoid wearing your bum on your nose, get SunSmart.
Stay on the right side of the line and keep in the shade over summer to reduce your risk of sunburn and skin cancer, especially between the hours of 11 and 3.
In the 1980s this well-known advertisement with Sid the Seagull was launched. Just say these simple words - slip, slop, slap. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.