We will be offering free skin cancer screenings at the Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown during the week of May 15. Participants must be age 18 and older, not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year and never diagnosed with skin cancer.
Physicians volunteering at this year’s screening include:
A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. Often the first sign of skin cancer is a change in size, shape or color of an existing mole.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. Risk factors for skin cancer include excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or artificial sources, fair complexion, severe childhood sunburns, family history and multiple moles.
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips:
- Avoid the mid-day sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon) whenever you can.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that absorb UV rays.
- Use sunscreen lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
- Do not use sunlamps and tanning booths.
- Get screened for skin cancer annually.
Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-6762.