Free skin cancer checks for Victor Harbor residents

SKIN CHECKS: Lions Club members Ruth Pearsons, Brian Yuill and Chris Ramsey are encouraging people to have a free skin cancer screening.
SKIN CHECKS: Lions Club members Ruth Pearsons, Brian Yuill and Chris Ramsey are encouraging people to have a free skin cancer screening.

The Lions Club of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot are holding free skin cancer screenings at Victor Central Shopping Centre Carpark.

Appointments are available for the Lions Medical Research Foundation's mobile skin cancer screening unit on Saturday, September 28, 9am to 3.45pm and Sunday, September 29, 9am to 3pm.

Lions Club board member Ruth Pearsons said the club was proud to host the important service.

"There's lots of people, especially when you get to the country, that don't check their health," Ms Pearsons said. "A lot of people don't realise they need it."

Lions Club president Brian Yuill has received skin cancer treatments himself and encourages people to utilise the free service. Factors that can increase the risk of skin cancer include, a family history of malignant melanoma or skin cancer, fair skin that burns rather than tans, blistering sunburn as a child, or previous mole removal.

Things to look for include, five or more moles (not freckles) on your forearms, moles or freckles that have changed size, colour or shape, and inflamed skin sores that do not heal. Club member Chris Ramsey has seen the number of people the screenings help.

"The figures of the day are quite enormous," Ms Ramsey said."More than 20 per cent of people are consistently told to go and see a doctor immediately."

Bookings are essential, call 0408 904 574.

Free skin cancer checks for Victor Harbor residents is supported by a BankSA Foundation $30,000 grant.

BankSA Chief Executive Nick Reade said BankSA Foundation was proud to support such an important service for the benefit of regional South Australians.

"Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with two out of every three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer at some stage in their life," he said.

"Early diagnosis has a dramatic impact on successful treatment, so the need for services like the Lions mobile skin cancer screening program is critical, particularly in regional areas where there are often no other skin cancer screening programs available.

"BankSA Foundation is pleased to play a role in bringing such a vital health service to Victor Harbor and other regional areas of the state."

Driven by BankSA employees, BankSA Foundation has developed a proud history of charitable and community support since 1941 when bank staff first agreed to donate part of their wages to send comfort parcels to colleagues serving in the armed forces.

BankSA Foundation is currently calling for applications for its next round of funding grants, with charities and not-for-profit community groups from across South Australia invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each.

Eligibility criteria and information about applying can be found at banksa.com.au/foundation. Applications close on 11 October 2019.

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