FREE skin cancer screenings by top participating dermatologists on 1 September 2021

On 1 September 2021, participating dermatologists throughout South Africa will be offering free skin cancer screenings and treatment. 

“We are inviting individuals who ordinarily can not afford such treatment to visit www.skincancerfoundation.co.za to find the list of participating dermatologists.  Appointments can be made via saskincancerfoundation@gmail.com and they will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  “Given the intensive nature of the screening, each participating dermatologist will see only five patients on each of the allocated days,” says participating dermatologist, Dr. Marc Roscher. 

“Skin cancer is one of the most pervasive cancers currently affecting patients worldwide. Skin cancer has one of the advantages of being visible. This means one can constantly assess one’s skin for lesions that were not there previously, or do not belong there,” says Dr. Marc Roscher. “Early diagnosis and definitive treatment by a dermatologist is the shortest route to skin health. The dermatologists of South Africa are giving back to South Africans by offering free skin cancer screening nationwide. Please note that only participating dermatologists are taking part in this program and that no free treatment is included in this initiative – the focus is to encourage early detection via free diagnosis.”

Sunburn advise from the SCF.

Sunburn is inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun. This, in itself, can create several complications. For example, when temperatures soar, protection is needed against heat rash, heat stroke, and sunburn.

Dr. Katherine York, a dermatologist based in private practice at Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth, shares some South African statistics: “Non melanoma skin cancer incidence (NMSC) incidence rates in South Africa are high even though rates are often grossly underreported due to incomplete case reporting to the National Cancer Registry. It is estimated that 25.4% of all cancers diagnosed in men in South Africa in 2014 were basal cell carcinoma (BBC), while 10.9% were squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) [1]. In females, the numbers were 18.6% and 7.1% for BCCs and SCCs, respectively [1]. When compared to rates from 2009, this shows that incidence is increasing [2]. Although data on malignant melanoma (MM) incidence on the African continent remain scarce, a recent study showed that the overall incidence of MM for South Africa to be 2.7 per 100 000. The incidence in the white population was significantly higher, at 23.2 per 100 000 [12]. MM in darker skin types often presents as acral melanoma, a rare distinct variant of MM that arises from the palms, soles, and nail apparatus and is associated with a poorer prognosis [3-5]”.

A sunscreen or total sunblock is a vital accessory when heading outdoors.  If possible, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out into the sun, since it takes that long to be absorbed into the skin.  The SPF (sun protection factor) in sunscreen indicates the amount of protection. For example, a tested SPF of 23 implies that the user can remain in the sun twenty-three times longer than without protection before burning.

Before applying sunscreen, check the expiry date on the bottle and replace it if necessary. Remember to shake the bottle before using it, reapply lotion after sunbathing, towel drying, or after sweating heavily. In the event of over-exposure to the sun, apply cool tap water compressed for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times per day, until the redness subsides. This can provide immense relief since the evaporating water will moisten and cool the skin.

A sunburn relief spray or moisturising cream will further ease discomfort. Doctors strongly caution against using petroleum jelly on a burn, since it will seal out the air needed to ensure healing. In the case of severe sunburn, blistering, pain, nausea, or chills, contact a doctor immediately. Steroid ointments or creams may be prescribed, and large blisters might have to be drained and dressed.

“If you want to minimise the risk for most skin cancers, then keep your skin rich in vitamin A and antioxidants,” says Prof. Des Fernandes, a Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon and founder of Environ Skincare Products.

It’s about creating simple habits and a healthy respect for the sun:

  • Don’t wait for a red glow to appear before reaching for your hat or sunblock.  In fact, most sunburns do not reach their peak colour until six to twenty-four hours after sun exposure!
  • Always wear protective clothing, hats, and shirts before going out into the sun.
  • Even 30 minutes in the sun without protection is too long!
  • Remember, as you move inland, above sea level, the sun’s rays become more intense.
  • Avoid being out in the sun between 11h00 and 15h00 when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Don’t skip the sunscreen when it is slightly overcast, particularly not if you are on the beach, since ultraviolet light can penetrate light cloud cover.
  • Exposure to the sun while overdressed only adds to skin distress.  So do thick lotions and oils, such as petroleum jelly, because they prevent moisture evaporation, thereby blocking pores and resulting in heat rash. 
  • Beware of the glare, particularly at the seaside, where you are unlikely to find natural shade.  Do not rely on a beach umbrella alone since it cannot protect the very young or elderly from the reflected glare of the sun on the sand.  Instead, pitch a small beach tent, which will provide adequate shelter.
  • UVA rays pass through glass. A person sitting near a window (unless tinted for sun screening) is also susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays.

“The lack of melanin and exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of developing skin cancer. This means the lack of melanin in Albinos increases the risk of developing skin cancer a thousand times over as compared with the general African population. Regular screening is imperative. So, please take advantage of this initiative,” encourages dermatologist, Dr. Nomphelo Gantsho.

Awareness and early detection are paramount. The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa was founded to alert people to the signs and save lives that may otherwise be lost. Many people don’t realise that burning red in the sun is the precursor to skin cancer. Just one bad burn can lead to years of skin issues, particularly in later life.

“We live in a new era where advanced surgical treatment, such as MOHS surgery, allows for minimally invasive and accurate skin cancer removal. Also, new genres of therapeutic agents are now available that literally are cures for cancer. These new molecules are not traditional chemotherapy agents, but are molecular medications that are directed against the tumour receptors themselves, and have remarkable clinical efficacy. Are we there yet? Certainly not. But the medical interventions are improving in leaps and bounds, and we have so much more to offer than we did ten years ago. The key message is that early detection and treatment are essential. So, be fastidious about checking your skin,” stresses Roscher.

The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa would like to give special thanks to Clinisut, who are generously donating sutures towards the drive. Thank you too, to Galderma and Eucerin for their generous involvement with the Foundation and this annual initiative.

Notes to editors

Vision and mission of the South African Skin Cancer Foundation: Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, and this is no different in South Africa. To address the growing incidence of skin cancer in this country, the South African Skin Cancer Foundation (SCFSA) was created to implement a National Skin Cancer Screening Day. It is held annually in September. Facilitating these events and projects requires particular skill and insight, which the SCFSA provides. 

With the aid of extensive media coverage, we aim to educate South Africans about the dangers of skin cancer and how to avoid it. It is also the foundation’s role to assimilate and distribute information about skin cancer and its symptoms to the lay public, press, and medical professionals. A lack of data about skin cancer in South Africa is a pressing concern, and would also form a vital component of the SCFSA and its activities. 

The foundation has resolved to operate in a manner similar to SCFs in other parts of the world and interact and cooperate with any groups, individuals, and societies that share our vision and can benefit from or contribute to the work that is being done.

Issued by: Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa (SCFSA)

1)National Cancer Registry data, 2014, http://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2014-NCR-tables-1.pdf (accessed 15 July 2019). 2)National Cancer Registry data, 2009, http://www.nioh.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NCR-2009-results.pdf (accessed 15 July 2019). 3)M. Norval, and C. Y. Wright, “The epidemiology of cutaneous melanoma in the white and black African population groups in South Africa,” in Cutaneous Melanoma: Etiology and Therapy, W. H. Ward and J. M. Farma, Eds., pp. 23–38, Codon Publications, Brisbane, 2017. View at: Google Scholar 4)F. Durbec, L. Martin, C. Derancourt, and F. Grange, “Melanoma of the hand and foot: epidemiological, prognostic and genetic features: a systematic review,” British Journal of Dermatology, vol. 166, no. 4, pp. 727–739, 2012. View at: Publisher Site | Google Scholar 5)J. De Wet, B. Tod, W. I. Visser, H. F. Jordaan, and J. W. Schneider, “Clinical and pathological features of acral melanoma in a South African population: a retrospective study,” South African Medical Journal, vol. 108, no. 9, pp. 777–781, 2018. View at: Publisher Site | Google Schola

Skin Cancer Update 2019

The Skin Cancer Foundation recently hosted The Skin Cancer Update at The Oyster Box 11 July 2019 and at The Heartfelt Arena 13 July 2019.
After great success, we would like to thank everyone that supported our annual oncology update and our amazing speakers for all the great information that was shared we are sure that everyone learned a lot. We also want to say Thank you to our Vendors for their beautiful stands and would also like to thank each and everyone that helped with the amazing food, preparation of the venue etc.
We look forward to our next annual oncology update that will be taking place in 2020.

Western Cape, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province  Region Date Venue and address  Type of Screening
Offered
Foto Finder Screenings /ABCDE Mole Examinations
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number
Alternate Contact
Number
Time
Western Cape Cape Metro 3 Sept Mowbray Care Clinic FotoFinder screening Dawn Cloete 021 6895347 0746400152
Dawn Cloete
09h30-15h00

 
Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

PE and EL, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province 

Region Date Venue and address Type of Screening
Offered
Foto Finder Screenings /ABCDE Mole Examinations
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number

Alternate Contact

Number

Eastern Cape Western Region (Port Elizabeth) 03 September 2018 CANSA Care Centre, 08 Eden Road, Glendinningvale, Port Elizabeth ABCDE Mole Examinations Sr. Audrey Gertze 041 373 5157 082 553 9676
Eastern Cape Amathole  Region (East London) 03 September 2018 CANSA Care Centre, 11 Tyrell
Road, Berea, East London
FotoFinder Screenings and ABCDE Mole Examinations Sr. Donne Burrows and Sr. Lyn England 043 727 0120 078 372 0514

 
Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

Northern Cape, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province Region Date Venue and address Type of Screening
Offered
Foto Finder Screenings /ABCDE Mole Examinations
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number

Alternate Contact

Number

Northern Cape Upington 4 September
on appointment
Gemsbok Building, 60 Dr Nelson Mandela street
Upington
ABCDE mole examinations Marthaline Job 054 3324937 0812810977
Springbok 4 September
on appointment
NG Church Namaqualand, 1 Church Street, Springbok ABCDE mole examinations Geraldine Baadjies 0277122864 0791742855
Kimberley 4 September
on appointment
11 Chapel street, Kimberley ABCDE mole examinations Leone Taljaard 0538312968 0723791598

 
Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

Mpumalanga, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province Region Date Venue and address  Type of Screening
Offered
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number
Alternate Contact
Number
Time
Mpumalanga Lowveld 01 September 2018 Mpumalanga Show, Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela. FotoFinder Screenings Sr Fazila Chauke 013 741 5441 079 428 4720 9:00-15:00
Mpumalanga Lowveld 03 September 2018 Dutch Reformed church,  Small street Barberton FotoFinder Screenings Sr Fazila Chauke 013 741 5441 079 428 4720 10:00-14:00
Mpumalanga Highveld 03 September 2018 CANSA Highveld Care Centre, 19A Northey Street, Witbank ABCDE Mole Examinations Sr Russel Jansen van Rensburg 0136565420 082 787 2626 09:00-15:00

Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

KZN, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province  Region Date Venue and address  Type of Screening
Offered
Foto Finder Screenings /ABCDE Mole Examinations
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number
Alternate Contact
Number
Time
KZN Richards Bay 1 Sep 27 Bauhinia Bend, Arboretum FotoFinder Sane Mahlangu 079 629 3542 11h30 – 14h00
KZN PMB 3 Sep 10 Killarney Terrace FotoFinder Carol Fakazi 033 342 9837 09h00 – 13h00

 
Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

Gauteng, East Rand and Limpopo, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province  
Region
 
Date Venue and address  Type of Screening
Offered
Foto Finder Screenings /ABCDE Mole Examinations
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number
Alternate Contact
Number
Time
Gauteng West Rand 3 Sept Lazaar Ave
Renaissance Old age home
FotoFinder screenings Iselle van Wyk 0117681342 0826376205 08h00-11h00
Gauteng Bedfordview 3 Sept Head Office Bedfordview FotoFinder Vlooi Venter 0117684342 0627590288 13h00-14h30
Gauteng Northern Gauteng 3 Sept Tipuana Care Home (all patients) FotoFinder Rosamund Lorentz 0123293036 0825780578 14h30-16h30
Gauteng Keurboom Care Home 3 Sept Keurboom Care Home Kensington FotoFinder Vlooi Venter 0117684342 0627590288 15h00-18h00
Gauteng Northern GP 3 Sept Bougainville Retirement Village
7534 Bougainville Drive
Montana
FotoFinder Sharon Venter 0123293036 0837466002 09h00 – 12h00
Limpopo Waterberg 5 Sept Nyliefees, Nylstroom Showgrounds FotoFinder Wilna van den Heever 0716753863 09h00 – 17h00
Gauteng Alberton 3 Sept Boksburg High School FotoFinder Desiree/Prabashni 0728813410/0840229800 10h00-12h00

 
Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

Bloemfontein, Welkom and Bethlehem, Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

SA Skin Cancer Foundation partnering with CANSA for FREE skin screenings 3rd September 2018

Province e.g. KZN Region
e.g. Durban
Date Venue and address –
Please be specific e.g. NG Kerk, 21 Maroela Street, Stellenbosch.
Type of Screening
Offered
Foto Finder Screenings /ABCDE Mole Examinations
CANSA
Staff Responsible
CANSA Care Centre
Contact Number
Alternate Contact
Number
FS Bloemfontein 3rd September 2018 CANSA Bloemfontein Care Centre Fotofinder Sr Mittah Sauli 051 4442580 Sr Mittah Sauli  Cell no 0727315523
FS Bethlehem 16 August 2018 Bethlehem Care Centre Fotofinder Sr Mittah Sauli 0583033522 Sr Mittah Sauli  Cell no 0727315523
FS Welkom 4th September 2018 Welkom Care Centre Fotofinder Sr Mittah Sauli 0573532112 Sr Mittah Sauli  Cell no 0727315523

 
Find more information regarding cancer screening provided by CANSA at our CANSA Care Centres / via Mobile Health Clinics: http://www.cansa.org.za/get-screened-early-detection/

The Skin Cancer Foundation annual skin cancer update at Atterburry Theatre,Lynnwood on Tuesday the 24th of July 2018.

The Skin Cancer Foundation annual skin cancer update at Atterburry Theatre,Lynnwood.
We would just like to say  Thank you to everyone who made this day a huge success.
Thank you to our lovely Vendors, speakers and guests for a wonderful day spent with you.
Also a special Thank you to Atterburry Theatre, Lynnwood and staff for your wonderful service throughout the day.
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Some yummy eats that was provided for the guest.
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