RFDS cancer screening in WA
Free community skin cancer screenings
For three years, the ‘RFDS on the road’ Program in WA has coordinated a series of free skin cancer screening clinics for people living in the remote Pilbara and Goldfields Esperance regions.
Working in partnership with the Lions Cancer Institute (LCI) and with funding support from our Program Partner BHP Billiton, the Pilbara Development Commission and the Gold Fields Australia Foundation, the LCI mobile skin screening unit, RFDS staff and LCI volunteer screeners have visited 27 small communities in regional WA.
More than 5,000 people have taken the opportunity to have a free skin cancer screening. Alarmingly, the referral rate for suspect skin lesions has averaged 29% of people screened.
This alarming rate of referrals reinforces the need for promotion of regular skin checks, increased opportunity for regional people to access skin screening services, and ongoing education about prevention of skin cancer.
For more information on RFDS On the Road program go to RFDS on the Road.