Soldiers from 32 Engineer Regiment are to be screened for skin cancer following their UN mission in South Sudan.

The Catterick based unit will receive a free check-up from Melanoma UK after they return to their home at Marne Barracks.

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer with the primary cause being exposure to ultraviolet light. 

SSgt Lee Pickersgill was compelled to organise the examination following the death of a colleague to the disease.

"Now because my friend died, I wanted to do something for the greater good. I thought when everyone gets back, I'd like to get them all free skin tests to make sure everyone is okay."

Early signs of melanoma are changes to the shape or colour of existing moles or the appearance of a new lump anywhere on the skin. But caught early it can be treated. 

Lee has just completed a 200-mile charity run for Melanoma UK. You can pledge your support by visiting their JustGiving page.

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