Free skin cancer screenings at Glens Falls hospital

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Updated: 10/07/2011 3:09 pm

A Glens Falls hospital is offering free skin cancer screenings on Saturday, May 21.

The C.R. Wood Cancer Center is working with the American Cancer Society and American Academy of Dermatology, to sponsor the screening event for the public, regardless of insurance coverage. It will begin at 9 a.m. and go until noon at 100 Park Street in Glens Falls. 

"Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and it accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States," said Vickie Yattaw, RN, OCN, CBCN, Oncology Resource Nurse at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center.

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 20 percent of Americans will get skin cancer during their lives. "Melanoma, the most serious type, is responsible for three-quarters of skin cancer deaths with the incidence of it steadily rising, especially in young Caucasian women which is attributed to the popularity of tanning facilities," said Yattaw.

The American Cancer Society says early detection is crucial and makes treatment easier.

The Society recommends regular skin checks for changes and the following:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Look for shade.

  • Cover up with protective clothing.

  • Use sunscreen.

  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses.

  • Wear a hat that shades your face, ears and neck.

  • Avoid other sources of UV light. Tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous because they can damage your skin.

To make an appointment call (518) 926-6640.

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