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18 March 2021 | Community

Melanoma New Zealand offers free spot checks at selected The Warehouse stores

Thanks to a partnership between The Warehouse and Melanoma New Zealand, Kiwis who have concerns about their skin can have up to three spots checked for free on Melanoma New Zealand's new Spot Check van, which will visit three The Warehouse stores this weekend.

Each year more than four-thousand New Zealanders are diagnosed with melanoma, and over three-hundred will die from it. Melanoma Chief Executive, Andrea Newland, says that melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer, but the good news is that if it's caught and treated early enough, it is almost always curable.

"Through our partnership with The Warehouse, we are delighted to be able to provide free spot checks at select The Warehouse stores as well as raise awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention of melanoma", says Newland.

The free spot checks will be available in the carpark of the following The Warehouse stores; Lunn Ave on Saturday 20th March from 10 am to 3 pm, Silverdale Centre on Sunday 21st March from 10 am to 12 pm and Snells Beach from 2 pm to 5 pm. Anyone with concerns about spots on their skin can have up to three checked for free on the day by Melanoma New Zealand's qualified Melanoma Nurse Educator

Attendees wanting to have a spot check will need to fill out a registration form on the day as limited spaces will be available. Melanoma New Zealand also recommends getting thorough and regular full-body skin checks rather than relying on spot checks alone.

National Operations Lead at The Warehouse, Ian Carter, said the partnership aims to bring awareness to New Zealand's alarming skin cancer statistics and raise vital funds across its network of stores.

"We're pleased to partner with Melanoma New Zealand to encourage Kiwis to be safe in the sun this summer and offer customers one of the first opportunities of a free spot check in some stores. Through this initiative, we hope that more people will take the time to get their spots checked," says Carter.

The Warehouse stores nationwide are also raising funds for Melanoma New Zealand through the sale of reusable bags and UV bands at check-outs, with all proceeds going towards the continuation of Melanoma New Zealand's vital work.

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