Skin cancer detection

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) says that there is no such thing as a safe tan. Daily damage done by the sun’s ultra violet rays builds up over time. CANSA says that as much as 80% of ultra violet-related skin damage occurs by age 18. Just one blistering sunburn as a child significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Against the backdrop of these and other eye-opening realities, Hibiscus Private Hospital in Port Shepstone recently organised a Free Skin Cancer Detection Day.

The event, which was held at the hospital’s Hibiscus Medical Centre, proved to be very popular. Specialist Dermatologist Dr Marc Roscher and General Practitioners Dr Ayoob Bux and Dr Yasmin Khan all donated their time for the event which was free to the public. The general practitioners referred individuals with risky looking spots to Dr Roscher for further examination and diagnosis.

Executive Managing Director of Hibiscus Private Hospital, Richard Mills says, “We were happy to see how well our skin cancer detection event was received. We urge everyone who lives in our beautiful sunny climate to follow CANSA’s sunsmart guidelines and to see your doctor regularly for early diagnosis of abnormalities on your skin.”

The event was also supported by Johnsons® Suncare, which provided sunblock samples and Fedics, which provides the food service at Hibiscus Private Hospital. Fedics supplied beverages for the participants as they waited for their appointments. Vitaderm was also present with samples of their dermatologist-formulated cream.

Those wanting additional information on skin care and skin cancer can learn more at
www.cansa.org.za.