Bellin Health’s Suring clinic offers free skin cancer screening

08/12/2011

SURING — Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Suring will hold a free skin cancer screening on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Screenings will take place at Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Suring, 307 Manor Drive, Suring.

An appointment is required to receive a free screening, which lasts about 10 minutes. Available times are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Teresa Watters, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, will be the attending health expert. She will evaluate questionable moles or skin spots patients are concerned about and make suggestions for their treatment or potential removal.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation – an international organization dedicated to the elimination of such cancers – the disease is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed annually. The organization says an estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop skin cancer.

Risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, but some general risk factors are having:
• A lighter natural skin color
• Family history of skin cancer
• A personal history of skin cancer
• Exposure to the sun through work and play
• A history of sunburns early in life
• Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily or becomes painful in the sun
• Blue or green eyes
• Blond or red hair
• Certain types and a large number of moles

According to The American Cancer Society, the best ways to reduce skin cancer risk are to avoid intense sunlight for long periods of time and to practice sun safety. Here are additional suggestions from the American Cancer Society:
• Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Seek shade especially in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest
• Cover up with protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when you are out in the sun
• Use sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
• Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck
• Wear sunglasses with UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin
• Follow these practices to protect your skin even on cloudy or overcast days
• Avoid other sources of UV light like tanning beds and sun lamps

Appointments for the one-on-one skin cancer screening are required. Please call (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373 for more information.