A free skin cancer unit has produced staggering statistics with 49 people referred to GPs with possible skin cancers.In a shock result, about 50people have been referred to a doctorafter havingfree skin-cancer screenings at a unit available recently on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Twenty-fiveof those referred could be facing a life-threatening skin cancer such asmelanomawith a total of 215 people screened inthe two days.

Of all participants, halfhad never been screened for skin cancer before.

Whyalla Mount Laura Lions president Wayne Foran said these numbers were “disturbing”and“significantly higher”than what was expected.

“It would be a shock to the community for so many people to have suspect lesions requiring further investigation,” he said.But Mr Foran saidall lesions are suspect until proven otherwiseby further investigation.

“Skin cancer experts may have a different opinion on whether these lesions are life-threatening,” he said.

“It is the first time we have had the Lions van here in Whyallaso there could be many others out there who have no idea they have a life-threatening skin cancer.

“We are not trying to cause panic. We just want to raise skin-cancer awareness because these results show that more people need to get regularly screened.”

Mr Foran said the club wasworking towards securing a skin cancer screening unit based in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The free screening unit was brought to the UniSA Whyalla Campusby LionsInternationalwithclub members providing volunteer helpson both days.

Two in three peoplewill be diagnosed with skincancer by the time they are 70with more than434,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in menwith almost double the incidence compared to women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,melanoma is the third-most common cancer in women and the fourth-most common in menand the most common cancer in people aged from 15 to 44 years.

In 2012, a total of more than 12,000peoplewere diagnosed with the condition of melanoma.

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