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Free Skin Cancer Screenings by CANSA and Dermatologists in September

26 August 2020 – CANSA and South African Skin Cancer Foundation (SASCF) are partnering to offer free skin cancer screenings on 1 September 2020.

Gerda Strauss, CANSA’s Head: Service explains, “It’s terrific to partner with SASCF to support this initiative for the 5th year by offering free FotoFinder screenings or clinical skin examinations nationally. On 1 September, CANSA Care Centres in Paarl, George, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Durban, Pretoria, Modimolle and Johannesburg will offer free FotoFinder (examining moles and spots on the skin). We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to be screened as early detection is vital and improves treatment outcomes.”

Dr Marc Roscher, participating dermatologist, adds, “The dermatologists of South Africa are giving back to South Africans by offering free skin cancer screening nationwide on 1 September 2020. There will also be screening sites at the TRIOMF Clinics in Pretoria, Vryheid and NewCastle (appointments can be made via WhatsApp on 083 791 1281). Early diagnosis and definitive treatment by a dermatologist, is the shortest route to skin health. Participating dermatologists are taking part to encourage early detection via free diagnosis.”

Skin cancer is one of the most pervasive cancers currently affecting patients worldwide and since it is visible, the skin can be assessed regularly for lesions that were not there previously, or do not belong there.

“The lack of melanin and exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of developing skin cancer. This means the lack of melanin in people living with Albinism, increases their risk of developing skin cancer a thousand times over as compared with the general African population. Regular screening is very important. So, please take advantage of this initiative,” encourages dermatologist, Dr Nomphelo Gantsho.

Screening at CANSA Care Centres and by SASCF dermatologists is appointment-based.   Appointments can be made via saskincancerfoundation@gmail.com or mailing info@cansa.org.za and they will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis

Be SunSmart

Create simple habits and a healthy respect for the sun: Seek shade and avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are most dangerous. Cover up by wearing thickly woven hats with wide brims and loose-fitting clothes, made of tightly woven fabric that is cool, but will block out harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays. Look out for UV protective beach wear and umbrellas bearing the CANSA Seal of Recognition, remember not all clothing protects against UV rays to the same degree, it’s recommended to look out for clothing with a UV factor tag. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses with a UV protection rating of UV400.

A sunscreen or total sunblock is a vital accessory when heading outdoors.  If possible, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out into the sun, since it takes that long to be absorbed into the skin.  Use a sunscreen bearing the CANSA Seal of Recognition.  The SPF (sun protection factor) in sunscreen indicates the amount of protection. For example, a tested SPF of 23 implies that the user can remain in the sun twenty-three times longer than without protection before burning.  Before applying sunscreen, check the expiry date on the bottle and replace it if necessary. Remember to shake the bottle before using it, reapply lotion after sunbathing, towel drying, or after sweating heavily.

Awareness and early detection are paramount. The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa was founded to alert people to the signs and save lives that may otherwise be lost. Many people don’t realise that burning red in the sun – may be a precursor to skin cancer. Just one bad burn, especially during childhood and young adulthood can lead to years of skin issues, particularly in later life.

Roscher concludes, “The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa would like to give special thanks to Clinisut, who are generously donating sutures towards the drive. Thank you too, to Galderma and Eucerin for their generous involvement with the Foundation and this annual initiative.”

(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email lbalona@cansa.org.za. Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.)

About CANSA

CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We offer a Tele Counselling service in seven languages free of charge. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

Queries CANSA

Visit www.cansa.org.za or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: info@cansa.org.za. In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans and 071 867 3530 for isiXhosa, isiZulu, siSwati, Sesotho and Setswana and free Tele Counselling per appointment on 0800 22 66 22 in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, siSwati, Sesotho and Setswana. Follow CANSA on Facebook:
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