Baton Rouge General Hosting Annual Skin Cancer Screening01-May-2012
Free Skin Cancer Screening Thursday, July 12, 2012
Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening on Thursday, July 12 at Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet campus. Physicians will be conducting skin screenings and information on sun safety will also be provided.
More than 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, but when detected early, skin cancer has up to a 95 percent cure rate.
The best ways to detect possible areas with skin cancer are to do self-exams. It's recommended that you do them once per month and look for any abnormal skin growth or any change in the color, shape, size or appearance of a skin growth.
Although most skin cancer can be detected and treated early, it can still be very dangerous. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.1,2
Here are a few sun safety ideas to help protect you and your family from skin cancer from the American Academy of Dermatology:
Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product or spray, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
1 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2011.
2 Robinson, JK. Sun Exposure, Sun Protection and Vitamin D. JAMA 2005; 294: 1541-43.
Registration is required. Please call (225) 763-4281 for an appointment. Information about this free event is available online at www.BRGeneral.org.
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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations.
Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information about Baton Rouge General, please visit www.BRGeneral.org.