Skin cancer screening supported in Tumby

CHECKS: Appointment coordinator Clare Lion Sandy Royal,  screening professionals Dr Eban Viljoen and nurse Carol Barnes with Tumby Bay Lion Alan (Horrie) Richardson.
CHECKS: Appointment coordinator Clare Lion Sandy Royal, screening professionals Dr Eban Viljoen and nurse Carol Barnes with Tumby Bay Lion Alan (Horrie) Richardson.

MORE than 150 people were screened at the Lion’s SA Skin Cancer Unit while it was in Tumby Bay last weekend.

The event was arranged and supervised by the Lion’s Clubs of Tumby Bay and Cummins, with the help of previous Lion’s District Governor Rob Royal, and Lion Sandy Royal from the Clare Lion’s Club.

In total  157 people were screened by the health professionals who volunteered their time to check those who booked in.

The free screenings were completely booked out, with reservations made from as far afield as Streaky Bay.

Doctor Eban Viljoen said that over the two years that the Lion’s Skin Cancer Screening had been running, about a quarter of people screened had been referred for further treatment.

From the screenings in Tumby Bay, only 10.8 per cent of participants needed referrals for excision of suspect lesions.

He attributed this result to the work of local GPs and the skin cancer clinics in Port Lincoln promoting sun awareness and providing screening and treatment.

He encouraged the communities on Eyre Peninsula to continue to practice recommended sun safe behaviour.

The $200,000 Lion’s Skin Cancer Mobile Unit has been in operation since 2017 thanks to grants from Lions International and SA Lions.

It costs $70,000 to run the service which is entirely funded by SA Lions.

The lack of qualified professional volunteers restricts more screening days but there is a pool of nine to 10 volunteers undergoing training.

A barbecue evening was held to thank the volunteers who worked tirelessly over the two days.