Meet Kate Fitzpatrick

A CLINUVEL Ambassador
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Kate is a social media manager, coach for women in wellness, and CLINUVEL Ambassador. She is passionate about using her communications expertise to create space for her clients, allowing them to focus on what they love. She is also a mother of three, and a skin cancer survivor. In 2021, Kate’s life was turned upside-down when she was diagnosed with four basal cell carcinomas, needing surgery for them all.

Kate speaks candidly about her relationship with the sun, particularly during childhood, where long days at the beach and horseback riding made up the fabric of everyday life. She also says that growing up, she thought having tanned skin made her more attractive – a cultural belief that she now works hard to dispel for her children.

Overwhelmingly positive, and motivated to add her voice to the Light Skin Science campaign, Kate has partnered with us in the hope that by helping others change their behaviour, we might see a fall in the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer each year.

When I was diagnosed with skin cancer last year, I felt like I just wanted to hide inside forever. But I have a life to live… So, I still go outside, I just cover up and pay attention to how long I’m out in the sun. Light Skin Science has over 25 years of research on the impact of light on the human body and they’re using this research to empower people like us to protect themselves.

Kate asked the Light Skin Science team...

What SPF is best for someone with a history of skin cancer?

If you’ve had skin cancer before, you are more likely to be diagnosed with another. No topical sun protection is 100% effective, but consider using SPF 50+ if you are part of a high-risk community. In order to maximise your protection, combine photoprotective skincare with sun-safe behaviour; use clothing to cover your skin wherever possible and limit your exposure to solar radiation. Your doctor can provide you with advice tailored to your circumstances if you feel you need more information.
Disclaimer: The information given in response to CLINUVEL Ambassador questions was correct at the time of posting. The information provided on this website is of a general nature and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have a concern about your health.

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