The American Cancer Society and Three Rivers Specialty Clinic are asking families across the area to be sun-safe in the coming months. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the organizations are partnering to conduct free skin cancer screenings on Friday, May 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at Three Rivers Health Specialty Clinic.
“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers,” said Jean Thompson, Health Initiatives Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer,and incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years.” The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.
To be safe outdoors, Thompson recommends planning activities away from the midday sun and to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap:
• Slip on a shirt.
• Slop on sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before sun exposure. Re-apply one full ounce every hour. Never use sunscreen after its expiration date.
• Slap on a hat.
• Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.
• And, check your skin once a month for changes.
Please call 269.273.9691 to schedule your appointment.
For more information on skin cancer detection or prevention, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.
Serving the Three Rivers area for over 100 years, Three Rivers Health has offered its patients and community technology-driven care, including a wide array of inpatient, rehabilitation, outpatient, wellness, hospice care, and specialty clinic services. To discover more about Three Rivers Health, call 269.278.1145 or visit trhealth.org.