On the campaign trail, Cansdell joins skin cancer fight
MEMBER for Clarence Steve Cansdell is out to save his own skin ? but it has nothing to do with an election.
Instead, Mr Cansdell has joined the Cancer Council's campaign to help teach Clarence Valley residents how to spot skin cancer early.
"More men than women die of melanoma and I urge them to learn how to save their own skins. A melanoma can grow to a life-threatening stage in as little as six weeks so it's really important people know how to check their skin regularly for unusual spots," Mr Cansdell said.
More than 200 people from the Northern Rivers are diagnosed with melanoma every year and according to the Cancer Council, almost three Australians over the age of 55 die of melanoma every day.
Diana Fisher, from the Cancer Council, said those rates could be reduced dramatically if people learned how to detect skin cancers early by attending free seminars. Seminars will be held at 10am at the GDSC on February 10 and 4pm at the Grafton Golf Club on February 11. There is no need to book.