May 7, 2013
Free Skin Cancer Screening Appointments Available
The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois will provide free skin cancer screenings from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine during Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Skin checks, including moles, will be performed by local dermatologists. Appointments are open to individuals who are not under the care of a dermatologist by calling 217-545-7296 weekdays. Limited space is available.
The American Cancer Society recommends that screening for skin cancer begin at age 18. The National Cancer Institute suggests that the best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun.
Other safety tips include:
Avoid outdoor activities during the middle of the day. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside during those hours, seek shade when possible.
Protect yourself from the sun’s rays reflected by sand, water, snow, ice and pavement. The sun’s rays can go through light clothing, windshields, windows and clouds.
Wear long sleeves and long pants. Tightly woven fabrics are best.
Wear a hat with a wide brim all around that shades your face, neck and ears. Keep in mind that baseball caps and some sun visors protect only parts of your skin.
Wear sunglasses that absorb UV radiation to protect the skin around your eyes.
Use sunscreen lotions with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. (Some doctors suggest using a lotion with SPF of at least 30). Apply the recommended amount to uncovered skin 30 minutes prior to going outside and then again every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
More tips can be found at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/.
RCPIL members include: American Cancer Society, Central Counties Health Centers, Illinois Department of Public Health, Logan County Health Department, Mia Ware Foundation in Jacksonville, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, Sangamon County Department of Public Health, Sangamon County Medical Society, Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, Springfield Urban League, St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, St. Johns’ Hospital Cancer Institute, Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Springfield Clinic, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.