Free Skin Cancer Screenings, May 13

The SOMC Cancer Center will host a free skin cancer screening May 13 from 4 to 7 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 treated early with much better outcomes,” Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of Oncology Services at the Cancer Center, said.

Lawson 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,” Lawson 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, Lawson 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,” Lawson 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.”

The screening is free and appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call the Southern Ohio Medical Center Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234. There are a limited number of openings available. The Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.