2019

Published on May 08, 2019

Holzer Plans Free Skin Screening

Holzer Family Medicine Residency program is proud to offer free skin cancer screenings at Holzer Clinic – Jackson, 280 Pattonsville Road, Jackson, Ohio, on Saturday, May 18 from 9am to 12noon. Targeted exams will also be provided for specific concerns. No appointment or referral is necessary. The screening is open to all area residents.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, more skin cancers are diagnosed in the US each year than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been increasing over the past few decades. Factors that provide an increased risk of skin cancer include a family history of skin cancer and excessive sun exposure.

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps. The good news is that you can do a lot to protect yourself and your family from UV rays, as well as to catch skin cancer early so that it can be treated effectively.

As shared by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes users to UV radiation.

The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the United States. CDC recommends easy options for protection from UV radiation:

Symptoms of skin cancer can include a sore that does not heal, changes in how an area feels, such as itching, tenderness, or pain, changes in the skin’s surface, such as oozing, bleeding, or dry/scaly patches, new or changing moles, and/or swelling or redness beyond the border of a mole.

For additional information or questions, please call Susan Cummons at 740-446-5739.

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