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  • Helping Langhorne Creek residents cut their skin cancer risk

    10 September 2019

    Thanks to support from the local community, Cancer Council SA will be heading to Langhorne Creek this month to lead a free information seminar aimed at educating regional South Australians on how to cut their skin cancer risk.   

    Recent data shows regional South Australia has a higher incidence per capita of skin cancer, when compared to the Adelaide region.

    Funded through donations from the local community, the upcoming Skin Cancer Awareness Seminar will cover information about how to protect yourself from skin cancer, the difference between UV and heat and the early skin cancer signs to look out for. 

    Cancer Council SA Community Education Coordinator Diem Tran said the session is a vital first step in changing behaviours, particularly in those at higher risk. 

    “Coastal and agricultural regions of South Australia have the highest incidence per capita of skin cancer in the state due to the outdoor nature of their work, so it’s important that regional and rural communities understand the risks of working outdoors.”

    “Skin cancer is a disease that claims around 70 lives in South Australia every year, and preventing it is something that Langhorne Creek residents care deeply about.” 

    “We’re thrilled to be able to support them to take action within their community and thank them for their generosity in making the seminar possible,” she said. 

    Joining Cancer Council SA will be local GP and skin cancer specialist Dr Jarrod Brumby from Better Medical’s Strathalbyn Family Medical Centre and GP practices in the Adelaide Hills who has seen firsthand the impact of skin cancer on local residents. 

    “We know that those who work outdoors are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer, and with so many farmers and agricultural workers in our local community, it’s something that has affected us all in some way or another,” he said. 

    “I’m proud to be joining with Cancer Council SA to run this free session and I encourage everyone in the community, particularly those who spend a lot of time outside, to attend and learn about how they can protect themselves, their families or employees from irreversible UV damage.” 

    Langhorne Creek local vigneron Nicole Clark knows firsthand the importance of sun protection.  Nicole’s mother was diagnosed with and survived melanoma and Nicole herself has also had a number of skin cancers removed. 

    “Growing up my parents worked outdoors and we lived a very outdoorsy lifestyle, often spending days on end in the sun. Now, years later, we are seeing the impact of our time outside, with a number of our family members having skin cancers removed,” she said.

    “I don’t think that alot of us realise the damage we did when we were younger. It’s so important to know the signs and what to look for so that you can detect skin cancer and treat it as early as possible. With a huge outdoor workforce in Langhorne Creek and surrounding areas, it’s so important the community knows how to protect their skin and feel motivated to do it every day,” she said.  

    The education seminar is free to attend, but registrations are essential. Please visit skin-cancer-seminar.eventbrite.com.au to register your interest. All attendees will receive a free skin cancer early detection tool. 

    While the session is most relevant for rural outdoor workers, anyone in the community concerned about their skin cancer risk is welcome to come along. 

    For more information about Cancer Council SA 08 8291 4269 or email prevention@cancersa.org.au  

    Event Details; Langhorne Creek Skin Cancer Awareness Seminar 
    Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019 
    Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
    Location: Langhorne Creek Hub, 79 Bridge Road, Langhorne Creek

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