Local MP facing skin cancer surgery

May 21, 2024 6:32 am in by

The Member for Mallee and Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health will undergo surgery next week for a potential skin cancer detected on her face, demonstrating the importance of skin cancer checks for all ages during global Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

“More than 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and around 2,000 Australians die annually from the disease, even though skin cancer is one of the most common but preventable cancers. Men are also about 2 times more likely to die from skin cancer than women,” Dr Webster said.

“My concern as the Member for Mallee is that the latest data from the Cancer Atlas shows that while skin cancer detections in my hometown of Mildura are low at 25 per cent below the national average, our excess deaths are 34 per cent above the national average.”

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Image: Anne Webster MP’s office