Free Skin Cancer Screening May 7 At SOMC’s Cancer Center

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Cancer Center will host a free skin cancer screening on May 7, at 4 p.m.

Volunteers from the Fight Cancer…Save Lives Cancer Coalition will assist physicians and nurses at the Cancer Center during the screening.

“Some cancers never cause symptoms or become life threatening. A screening is a proactive way to remain in touch with your health.  A screening test may find something that may be able to be treated early with much better outcomes,” said Sharon Carver, RN, Community and Health and Wellness Nurse.

Carver explained that some skin cancers may be related to over exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

“Most skin cancers appear after age 50, but the sun’s damaging effects begin at an early age,” Carver continued. “Exposure to UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds is the most common and easily preventable cause of skin cancer. Therefore, protection should start in early childhood to prevent skin cancer later in life.”

The risk of skin cancer is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily. Frequently these are people with red or blond hair and blue eyes, Carver added.

Anyone who spends a majority of their time, either at work or at home, outdoors, exposed to the sun, should consider a skin cancer screening.

“Where you live can also be a risk,” Carver said. “People who live in areas where there are high levels of UV radiation from the sun are at greater risk of getting skin cancer.”

Appointments may be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234. There are a limited number of appointments available. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come basis.