Medical partners offer skin cancer screenings

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital are partnering to offer a free skin cancer screening at 6 p.m. May 30 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Medical Plaza II, 1014 W. St. Clare Blvd., Suite 1040, Gonzales.

With the Jambalaya Festival, swimming activities at the city pool or in backyards and sporting events, there is never a shortage of summertime activities. But while having fun in the sun, protecting your skin is what will help you have many more fun summers ahead, representatives of the two health care providers said in a news release.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., says the American Cancer Society. Over the past three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Though the most prevalent of all cancers, it is also the most preventable.

“Unprotected exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun, and tanning by artificial means such as tanning beds, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer,” Renea Duffin, vice president, cancer support and outreach, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, said. “The most startling fact of all is that one severe sunburn during the first 15 years of life can double your risk of skin cancer later on.”

The screening is for men and women 18 and older who do not have insurance and have not been screened for skin cancer by a physician in the past 12 months. No appointment is required to participate in this screening. For more information call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687.

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