Lions to host skin cancer van

SKIN CANCER SCREENING: The Lions Skin Cancer Screening Unit is visiting Port Pirie in May.
SKIN CANCER SCREENING: The Lions Skin Cancer Screening Unit is visiting Port Pirie in May.

The Lions Club of Port Pirie will conduct free skin cancer screening in conjunction with the Lions Medical Research Foundation. Being held under the guidance of the Lions Cancer Institute of Western Australia, the clinic will be held at Flinders View Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.

In 2014, the club hosted the Western Australian Mobile Skin Cancer Screening Facility on its way from Adelaide back to Perth, and at that time 158 people were screened with 54 legions being discovered (42 considered serious), and the persons referred to their local doctor. A person’s risk of skin cancer can increase with these following factors:

  • Family member who has had a malignant melanoma.(Mother, Brother, Sister or Grandparents)
  • Five or more moles (not freckles) on your forearms.
  • Previously had moles removed that were not cancers
  • Previously had skin cancer
  • A mole or freckle, which is changing, size, colour or shape
  • Fair skin that always burns rather than tans
  • Had blistering sunburn as a child enough to stay off school
  • Any inflamed skin sores that do not heal

The club will take bookings for the clinic from late April.