Peterborough Lions Club holding free skin cancer screenings

The Peterborough Lions Club will be holding free skin cancer screenings in a fortnight in its new mobile screening vehicle.

Lions clubs across South Australia and the Northern Territory have raised money to have the vehicle custom built for the ability to conduct screenings.

The new custom vehicle allows for the flexibility to conduct screenings anywhere across the state.

The vehicle has already made its way across the west coast of South Australia and is on its way back from the Northern Territory.

District Governor for Lions Clubs in South Australia Rob Royal said the mobile screening unit was bringing attention to the importance of getting tested for skin cancer, especially for individuals in regional areas.

“It has drawn people’s attention to the need to be screened on a regular basis, this is especially the case around regional Australia where maybe there is not the concentration of health professionals or screening clinics,” he said.

“The figures that we are collecting already support what we are doing in terms of over half the people that we have screened have never been screened before, even by their own GP.

Australian ranks third in the world for skin cancer rates, with about two in three Australians likely to be diagnosed before they turn 70 with over 1500 people dying each year.

Screenings will be held on August 3 and 4 from 9am to 4pm.

Previous screenings were booked out while the vehicle made its way across the west coast.

Bookings are essential to ensure a place is saved.