Skin check fees to go to re­search

FREE CHECKS FOR ONE DAY

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Josh Zimmerman

GET your moles and freck­les checked free next month and you could both save your own life and help the more than 400,000 Aus­tralians treated for skin can­cers each year.

Hosted by Skin Check WA, Freckle Checkle Day takes place at three par­tic­i­pat­ing clin­ics, in Leem­ing, Au­bin Grove and In­gle­wood on Satur­day, Au­gust 13.

All skin checks com­pleted on the day will be bulk billed with the usual $58 gap waived.

Skin Check WA staff vol­un­teer their time and doc­tors do­nate their bulk billing fees to Me­lanomaWA and the ECU Melanoma Re­search Group.

Last year more than 250 peo­ple were checked on the in­au­gu­ral Freckle Checkle Day, re­sult­ing in close to $10,000 be­ing raised.

Skin cancer physi­cian Henry Law en­cour­aged any­body due for a skin check to make their way to one of the three clin­ics on the day.

“The more peo­ple that come through for skin checks the more money we do­nate,” Dr Law said.

“We have found that there is a sea­sonal pre­sen­ta­tion of skin can­cers, with peo­ple tend­ing to for­get about get­ting checked dur­ing win­ter and re­sult­ing in a huge rush in spring.

“The is­sue is that skin can­cers de­velop all year round. If we catch them early enough there is a 99.9 per cent cure rate but if they have time to de­velop they are a much big­ger prob­lem.”

Dr Law said melanoma – the most danger­ous form of skin cancer – was also the most com­mon cancer for Aus­tralians aged 15-44, an age group that was oth­er­wise gen­er­ally very healthy.

“We are start­ing to see an im­prove­ment in the younger age group in terms of melanoma de­vel­op­ment but com­pared to the rest of the world Aus­tralia is still the worst by miles,” he said.

Dr Law said any­one who ex­pe­ri­enced a se­ri­ous sun­burn at any point in their life should have their skin checked on at least an an­nual ba­sis.

Freckle Checkle Day runs from 8.30am to 3pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 13. No ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary – just show up on the day.

Picture: Jon Hew­son d457020

Skin cancer physi­cian Henry Law.

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