World Cancer Day

by | 4 February 2019

Today (4th February) is World Cancer Day, when organisations and people around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority. An estimated 9.5 million people worldwide were expected to die from cancer in 2018 – about 26,000 cancer deaths a day – and that number is predicted to grow. In Australia alone, an average of 50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.

According to the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) in 2018, it has been estimated that 18,087 women and 148 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This means that approximately 18,235 Australians were diagnosed with breast cancer last year.* Whilst diagnosis is on the increase, deaths from breast cancer are declining.

Cancer is never an easy topic to talk about, let alone understand. However, it is my intention to educate, inform and elevate a national dialogue in our industry about cancer to all of our clients as to how dermaviduals can help manage the changes in the skin that occurs depending on the form of cancer treatment. Our focus on Oncology Aesthetics means that more skin treatment therapists can make a difference to the quality of lives of people afflicted with this insidious disease. After all, the beauty salon/spa is a place that can offer tremendous relief both psychologically and physically, from cancer treatment. My focus is to provide an education platform so that more clinics and spas can offer accredited places to offer modified skin treatments which can accommodate the increased effects such as burning, redness, ulceration, pigmentation and scarring.

Symptoms, side effects and treatments continue to vary tremendously. In particular, it’s a time when irritating or potentially sensitising additives in cosmetics should be avoided since they penetrate more easily through a sensitised and disrupted skin barrier. Education is key – it’s not always about looking for organic options – this can be a minefield in the world of skincare!

Similar to UV from the sun, radioactive emissions causes the formation of oxygen radicals in the skin. They penetrate deeper into the skin and the external effects become more visible and inflammation can develop into a burning and itching sensation.

Phosphatidylcholine, which is contained within dermaviduals products, protects the cells against gamma radiation and hence the skin cell from being aggressively damaged in this manner – without inhibiting the effectiveness of the cancer treatment. The scientists at dermaviduals have formulated all products without the use of barrier inhibiting ingredients such as fragrances, colours, preservatives and emulsifiers, as these ingredients inhibit the functionality of skin.

I can’t think of anyone in my life who hasn’t been touched with cancer in some way. If our products can help cancer patients feel better, along with efficiently and efficaciously treating their skin throughout the treatment process, then I will feel very satisfied.

Oncology Aesthetics International (OTI) empowers wellness and aesthetics practitioners to positively impact the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing. OTI has pioneered training programs to complement traditional skincare, spa and wellness therapies, and is now the leader in its field with an international reputation of innovation. At Derma Aesthetics, we bring OTI to Australia every year. For information on classes that will aid you to be inclusive of cancer patients and treat them correctly in your clinic, with a focus on understanding the changes that skin will go through, please email us:

It’s my firm view that the more we talk and educate ourselves about cancer, the more we can help others. Cancer touches everyone in some way, so on World Cancer Day take a moment to sit down, discuss its impact openly and with compassion so that we can help others.

*with thanks to Paula Cliffin of MySkinSpa for her expertise and interest in this field.