Release date: Tue, 8th, Dec. 2015

Ballarat Community Health is reminding the community to have their moles checked every year to reduce the incidence of undetected skin cancer in the region.

BCH CEO Robyn Reeves is on a mission to make mole tests as routine as a pap smear is for women.

“We live in a country with high exposure to background ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The damage is done when we are going about our everyday life activities and not just when we go to the beach,” Ms Reeves said.
“If we can get people to regularly come in and have a mole check by one of our GP’s, we are on the right path to reducing the number of people still dying from skin cancer.”
Sadly, around 2000 Australians die from skin cancer each year and it is estimated that two out of every three people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
If detected early, some forms of skin cancer can be treated before they spread.
“We need to take our skin seriously. Check it regularly and see a GP. That is all there is to it!” Ms Reeves said.

To make an appointment at any BCH site (Lucas, Wendouree, Smythesdale and Sebastopol) call 5338 4500.