It's just under two weeks until summer is here and in the lead up to days spent out in the sunshine, Australians are being urged to be SunSmart with Skin Cancer Action Week running from November 18 to 24.
Tennis legends John Newcombe and Tony Roche have joined efforts with Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists to urge men aged 45 and over to 'watch their backs'.
This group is almost twice as likely to develop melanoma than women the same age, with around one in three cases in men occurring on the back.
Chief executive officer of Cancer Council Australia professor Ian Olver reminded Australians that its never too late to be SunSmart.
"Men aged 45 and over are likely to have spent a lot of time in the sun in their younger years before we had skin cancer awareness campaigns, they’re more likely to work outside, or have done so in the past, and they continue to ignore health warnings," Professor Olver said.
"But no matter what your age, it’s never too late to reduce your risk and prevent further damage."
Men are being encouraged this week to always protect themselves from the sun and check their body for skin changes.