Cancer Council SA and Country Health SA roll out skin cancer awareness sessions

Photo: File
Photo: File

Tanunda is one of eight regional SA locations chosen to be part of a roadshow aimed at driving down the skin cancer rate within the state.

The Cancer Council SA has joined forces with Country SA PHN to run a series of information sessions from March to June due to recent data revealing regional South Australians have a higher chance of developing skin cancer.

To help change this statistic, Cancer Council’s Community Education Team will roll out a skin cancer awareness roadshow which will cover the importance of sun protection and how to check for early signs of skin cancer.

Cancer Council SA chief executive Lincoln Size said the sessions are a vital first step in helping to change the high incidence of skin cancer in regional South Australia.

“Skin cancer is caused by overexposure to UV radiation when the UV Index is three and above, which in South Australia is every month except for June and July,” he said.

“Coastal and agricultural regions of South Australia have the highest incidence per capita of skin cancer in the state due to the outdoor nature of their work, so it’s important that these communities are educated about how to check for signs of skin cancer and reminded about how to effectively protect their skin year round.”

The sessions aim to cover:

  • The importance of checking UV levels before heading outside
  • The difference between UV and temperature
  • How to check for signs of skin cancer
  • Skin cancer screening and treatment; and
  • When to seek medical advice from your GP

All participants will be provided with a free skin cancer awareness pack which includes a skin cancer early detection tool and a number of resources to assist them with skin self-checks.

The Tanunda session will be held on Wednesday, June 5 with a time and location yet to be finalised.

Registrations are essential at cancersa.org.au/skincanceraware or for more details phone 8291 4269.