Springboks attend skin cancer awareness session
November 03, 2017
The Springbok squad attended a skin cancer awareness information session on Friday morning at their team hotel in Johannesburg.

The information session included details of prevention of sunburn and possible prevention of skin cancer. They were informed of the benefits of early detection and management of possible suspicious skin lesions.

The entire squad and management had a full body screen by specialist dermatologist Dr Dagmar Whitaker and her team.

Dr Konrad von Hagen, the Springbok team doctor, explained the reasons for the information session.

“Firstly, we wanted to have all the players properly screened, and secondly but just as important, to raise awareness on the prevention of skin cancer, but also early detection.”

Dr Dagmar Whitaker, president of the Melanoma Society South Africa, said it was a good exercise with the Springbok squad.

“Today we gave an education on skin cancer to sporting role models for their own benefit because they are at risk to develop skin cancer as a result of the time spent outdoors. Hopefully, they will spread the message of importance of sun-wise behaviour to the general public who look up to them.

“It’s important to raise awareness that skin cancer can happen to anyone, and this session with the Boks will hopefully assist with educating the general public.”

Springbok centre Jesse Kriel said the session was very informative. “I learnt a lot on how to take simple, preventative measures. As a sportsperson, skin care is something that you cannot ignore and this session helped us to understand the issue much better,” said Kriel.

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