Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 12:30

Dark Side of The Sun - SBS, The Feed

This week on The Feed a story featuring the UQDRC skin scan system highlights the importance of a national skin cancer program to check Australians for signs of melanoma. 

Jimmy Niggles wants to see skin screening become a national priority.

He founded skin cancer prevention charity The Beard Season after his mate died of melanoma at age 26.

As part of his work with the foundation, Jimmy recently held a free skin check for 166 people at the Australian Open of surfing and found five people with stage two melanoma and 29 with early stage skin cancers.

Watch the video to see why skin cancer remains one of Australia's greatest health challenges.

Click to watch the complete video on the SBS website 

"Beards are a very good conversation starter. Every person who looks at you, you could probably save their life if you encourage them to get a skin check. Your mission is to start as many conversations as you can using your beard. Encourage those people to book a skin check. What you do with your beard season is up to you."​ Jimmy Niggles from The Beard Season