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Free skin cancer screenings May 24 at Providence

 


WALLA WALLA—Registration is now open for a free screening for skin cancer on May 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

The screening is a cooperative event offered by the Cancer Center and the Walla Walla Clinic Dermatology Department.

If anything of concern is found in the skin cancer screening, patients will be referred back to their primary care physicians for a possible follow-up biopsy and treatment.

Patients already under the care of a dermatologist and who have pre-existing conditionsare not eligible for the free screening.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. It can affect anyone, regardless of skin color.

Excess exposure to UV radiation from sunlight or use of indoor tanning increases the risk for all skin cancer types. Research suggests that regular sunscreen use may reduce the risk of melanoma.

Appointments are required for the free screening. Low-income individuals will be given priority for the appointments. Call the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center at (509) 897-5700 to register.

 

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