Skin cancer risk roadshow heads to the Barossa

The session will cover the importance of sun protection and how to check for early signs of skin cancer. Photo: Supplied
The session will cover the importance of sun protection and how to check for early signs of skin cancer. Photo: Supplied

An informative roadshow aimed at driving down the high skin cancer rate in regional SA will visit Tanunda on Wednesday, June 5.

The session, supported by Cancer Council SA who has joined forces with Country SA PHN, is open to everyone.

Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Cancer Database reveals that the annual rate of melanoma in the Barossa Council zone is 38.7 cases per 100,000 people.

To help change this statistic, Cancer Council's community education team will be rolling out a skin cancer awareness roadshow made possible by funding from Country SA PHN.

The Tanunda session 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 gathering are a vital first step in helping to change the high incidence of skin cancer in regional SA.

"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," Mr Size said.

It's a common misconception that UV radiation will only damage the skin on hot, sunny days."

Country SA PHN CEO Kim Hosking said the roadshow was an important way to raise awareness around sun safety and skin cancer.

"Another important focus of the roadshow will also be about encouraging behaviour change," he said.

"We also know that early detection is key - if people can recognise the signs early, they can seek treatment faster and, hopefully, have much better outcomes."

The Tanunda Information Session will be held at the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre and registrations are essential by visiting www.cancersa.org.au or phone 8291 4269.