The Fiona Pike Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign is calling on all golfers and sporting enthusiasts to take the lifesaving steps to properly protect their skin and to check their skin every three months.
For more than 13 years professional golfer Fiona Pike enjoyed an endless summer following the golf tour across the globe that included career highlights of 3rd in the British Open, runner-up in the Italian Open and mixing it with the best on the ladies tour in the United States.
In 2005 shortly after retiring from professional golf doctors found a deep skull-based tumour which was eventually diagnosed as melanoma. Even though her tumour did not present as a skin lesion that could have been screened, tested or detected, more than 99 per cent of melanomas do present on the skin surface.
Fiona underwent a major operation to cut out much of the tumour followed by intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy, however the cancer spread to other parts of her body. Tragically, after a brave and stoic three year battle she passed away in March 2009.
She contributed to the fight against cancer with determination and enthusiasm. Her legacy continues with campaign activities to raise awareness of protective behaviours that reduce the incidence of skin cancers.
Fiona’s achievements are an enduring testimonial and she leaves the following message:
“I don’t want anyone to experience this terrible disease. The typical Aussie outdoor lifestyle means we are all at significantly increased risk of skin cancer and we need to be vigilant in protecting our skin and checking for changes. This mostly preventable disease can be picked up early by checking your own skin and having changes seen by a doctor. Please join my campaign and reduce skin cancer risks to all".
The Fiona Pike Skin Cancer Awareness in recent years has worked in partnership with the ALPG to raise skin cancer awareness and funds for Cancer Council at ALPG events.
For more information about ALPG events please visit: www.alpg.com.au