London, May 15 (ANI): All Professional Cricketers Association's (PCA) members will be screened for skin cancer for the first time.
According to a BBC report, the union has organized the programme after one in seven county players were referred to specialists when potential melanomas were found during check-ups.
Although 15 percent of those screened so far will be given further tests, it is hoped most will be given the all clear.
Several Australian players, including Worcestershire's Ashley Noffke, have had melanomas removed in recent years.
So far, the PCA has organized screenings with the skin specialists sk:n clinics for more than 300 cricketers, and those already screened will be given further tests.
Skin cancer specialist Dr Rob Burd of sk:n has been carrying out screenings for the PCA.
He said cricketers, who can spend up to eight hours a day in the sunshine when fielding and batting, are more exposed than most.
Skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer in young adults, with nearly 200 cases reported in the UK every day. (ANI)