News: Skin Cancer Screening Peko Park

Lions Free skin Cancer Screening 14th 15th July 2017

Posted: Monday, 19 June 2017


Statistically Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, being four times that of the UK and the USA with 2 in 3 Australians developing skin cancer before the age of 70.
We are also four times more likely to develop skin cancer than any other form of cancer; over 1,890 Australians die each year from skin cancer, significantly more than the road toll.
If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths.

A person’s risk of skin cancer can increase with the following factors:

· 5 or more moles present on your arms, not including freckles

· A skin cancer or non malignant mole has been previously removed

· An inflamed sore that doesn’t heal, or a mole or freckle that changes colour

· If they have a family history of melanoma

· If as a child they had severe blistering sunburn

· Skin damage caused by repeated UVR (ultra violet radiation) exposure

· An indoor worker who enjoys bursts of sun at weekends and holidays