Shepparton Skin Clinic owner Dr Stephen Hook is looking to attract skin specialists to the region due to the high number of residents with skin cancer.RIAHN SMITH January 12, 2013 4:35am
A Shepparton doctor is hoping to attract more skin cancer specialists to the region to service its high levels of skin cancer.
Shepparton Skin Clinic owner Dr Stephen Hook said the area had twice as many incidents of skin cancer than the national average despite being further south than the traditional areas of concern in Queensland and NSW.
Dr Hook said there were about 200 cases of melanoma per 100
‘‘There’s no doubt Shepparton is one of the towns in Australia with the highest incidence of skin cancer. Along with Townsville and Cairns, we’re right up there,’’ he said.
‘‘I think that’s because of our lifestyle in Shepparton. Everybody’s into sport and there’s a lot of farming and people are outdoors a lot.
‘‘Plus we have clear skies for a lot of the year (and) a lot of high UV index on frequent occasions.’’
Dr Hook completed his fellowship at the Australasian College of Skin Cancer Medicine last month — a special interest qualification within general practice medicine — making him one of only a handful of skin cancer fellows in Victoria.
He said the fellowship, which involved five years of study, practical case work and exams, would allow him to mentor other doctors who were keen to pursue further study in the skin cancer field.
‘‘There’s not many fellows in Victoria doing this sort of work (but now) I’ll be able to actually bring someone here and .
‘‘It (the fellowship) gives you that little bit more confidence that you can train somebody and hopefully expand the services, which are definitely needed in the town.
‘‘Already we’re starting to get a lot of referrals from regional doctors and a lot of people from outlying towns are coming, Kyabram, as far as Mansfield, Yarrawonga so it’s getting quite busy.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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