Free skin check day high­lights the dan­gers of melanoma

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

More than 90 peo­ple at­tended the Spot the Dif­fer­ence free skin check day at Rock­ing­ham Ma­ter­nity and Fam­ily Prac­tice on April 14, with event or­gan­is­ers re­it­er­at­ing the need for reg­u­lar skin checks.

Prac­tice man­ager Jes­sica Neal said from the 93 pa­tients, 15 were booked in over the next few weeks to have sus­pi­cious le­sions re­moved.

“It’s too early to tell ex­actly what we have found but we have one con­firmed melanoma and the oth­ers are sus­pected or sus­pi­cious of be­ing skin can­cers,” she said.

Me­lanomaWA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Clin­ton Heal said al­though the over­all goal was to see skin can­cer sta­tis­tics in WA drop through preven­ta­tive mea­sures, early de­tec­tion and re­moval was the next step.

Through the Spot the Dif­fer­ence skin check day, Rock­ing­ham Ma­ter­nity and Fam­ily Prac­tice raised $3625.45 for me­lanomaWA.

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