Regional doctors better equipped to spot the difference

Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Handheld skin microscopes and training will be rolled out to Victorian GPs from October to help find skin cancer early. This is particularly valuable to people living in regional areas where there is a lack of dermatologists.

This program is only possible due to the incredible $200,000 raised by participants of Cancer Council’s The Longest Day golf challenge. Held each year in December, the event challenges players to complete 72 holes of golf between dawn and dusk on a single day to raise life-saving funds.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said the program was an important part of Cancer Council’s goal to prevent cancer.

“Doctors who have dermatoscopes and proper training will find more melanomas at an earlier stage with fewer unnecessary procedures,” he said. “Regional Victorians can access resources when they need it, without invasive treatment or the need to travel to metropolitan hospitals.”

Found a suspicious spot?

Visit your doctor. For general information and support contact Cancer Council’s experienced cancer nurses on 13 11 20 or visit SunSmart

Other stories you may be interested in

Research is the reason I'm still here today

Thursday 9 January 2020

Helen was diagnosed with osteosarcoma twice as a child. Research kept her alive through two intense treatment processes. She wants to say thank you for funding research into new treatments.

Read more

Australia leading the way in cancer survival

Wednesday 30 October 2019

New research has shown that people in affected by cancer in Australia have the best chance of survival in the world. That's an amazing achievement, but thanks to research going on each day right here in Victoria, these rates are only getting better.

Read more

Relay For Life teaches the freedom to feel

Tuesday 10 December 2019

The St Paul’s grade six Relay For Life team are an impressive group of kids. They organise each fundraising activity, and earn every dollar raised. But teacher Maria’s encouragement and passion for the cause has made it what it is today.

Read more

View all stories