Skin cancer roadshow coming here

A skin cancer roadshow is coming to Naracoorte on Wednesday.

Cancer Council SA has joined forces with Country SA PHN to run a series of information sessions aimed at driving down the high skin cancer rate in regional South Australia.

Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Cancer Database show that the annual rate of melanoma in the Naracoorte Lucindale council area is 39 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 across regional South Australia-activity that is being made possible by funding from Country SA PHN and with support from the Country SA PHN regional Local Health Clusters.

The next session, held at the Naracoorte Town Hall on Wednesday May 22, 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 3 and above, which in South Australia is every month except for June and July. It's a common misconception that UV radiation will only damage the skin on hot, sunny days," 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."

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 Naracoorte session will cover:

  • The importance of checking UV levels before heading outside.
  • The difference between UV and temperature.
  • How to check for signs of skin cancer.
  • 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 ongoing skin self-checks.

Registrations are essential, please register online at cancersa.org.au/skincanceraware. For more information contact Cancer Council SA on 8291 4269 or email prevention@cancersa.org.au.