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Free skin checks on Sunday

WHEN Loddon residents finish Sunday’s Run for Resilience in Bridgewater, organisers want them to also take a free skin check.

The Active Farmers event, expected to attract hundreds of people from local rural communities, aims to bring country people together for fun and wellbeing.

Organiser Claire Harrison said there was also a good health message for the event and her team had arranged for The Melanoma & Skin Cancer Advocacy Network (MSCAN) with Sydney-based dermatologist Dr Greg Crosland to offer free skin checks.

MSCAN’s Tamara Dawson said: “We know that too many Australians have missed their skin checks during the pandemic. Thousands of skin cancers have gone undiagnosed, and this is a real worry. Skin cancer is Australia’s national cancer. It affects too many people, particularly those living in rural and regional Australia”.

“A Cancer Australia report noted that there were 3000 fewer surgeries for melanoma in 2020, and that’s just the first year of the pandemic. This means that many people don’t know that they have skin cancer.

“We want to avoid people presenting with more advanced disease, which becomes more difficult to treat.

“We’re encouraging everyone to get to know their own skin, learn how to do a self-skin examination and get suspicious lesions checked by their GP or dermatologist,” Tamara said.

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