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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Free skin checks hope to change a trend

When was the last time you had your skin checked?

It’s a question many of us can’t answer confidently, and the Hunter Melanoma Foundation is working to increase the number of people looking out for their skin, by bringing doctors to the beach.

This Saturday and Sunday, professionals from Newcastle Skin Check will be at Cooks Hill Surf Club providing free checks thanks to support from Novartis and the Wests Group.

“We have spent 30 years in the community educating people about the importance of early detection but as a nation we are apathetic and in our busy lives, we don’t take the time to get our skin checked,” Executive Officer of the Hunter Melanoma Foundation Claudia Tolhurst said.

 “We decided if we could get the funding to bring the skin check to the people it would change their behaviour for the future.”

Five weekends have been chosen for the free checks, including this weekend, followed by one in December, January and February.

The Sunday sessions are designated for the surf life saving community starting with Cooks Hill, then Newcastle, Nobbys, Dixon Park and Merewether.

“You will come up and get a code, enter your details and receive a time slot to return for your check,” Ms Tolhurst said.

“We don’t want people hanging around waiting in line, it’s all COVID Safe.

“Most people will be there in swimmers, so it’s never been easier.

“We are hoping to change people’s perception and show it’s a really easy process, but important and something we need to do professionally once a year.”

Information packs about melanoma and skin safety will also be on offer, along with tips on how to apply sunscreen.

The clinics will run from 9am -5pm.

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