Skin Cancer College Australasia is pleased to have country music icon and 36 times Golden Guitar winner Lee Kernaghan as our foundation ambassador.
The chart topper and 2008 Australian of the Year is a long-time and passionate supporter of rural and regional Australia and has previously spearheaded campaigns encouraging Australians to be sun-smart.
Like many Australians, the ‘Boy from the Bush’ has had a number of skin cancer scares.
“Every day I sing about a sunburnt country, but Australia’s great outdoors can definitely take a toll on your skin,” Kernaghan said.
“I’ve learnt first-hand how important it is to get regular skin checks.”
“I’m honoured to be Skin Cancer College Australasia’s foundation ambassador. Together I’m confident we can educate Australians about the critical benefits of the early detection of skin cancers and the need to visit an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor for regular skin checks.”
Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
Every year, in Australia skin cancers account for approximately 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers, with the majority of skin cancers caused by exposure to the sun1.
Australia and New Zealand have the highest Melanoma rates in the world. In Australia, Melanoma represents 2 per cent of all skin cancers but causes 75 per cent of skin cancer deaths, with one Australian dying every five hours from the disease2.
We look forward to working with Lee to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of skin cancers.
1Cancer Council Australia
2Melanoma Institute Australia