For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2014
Southcoast Health offers free skin cancer screenings in Fall River
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Southcoast® Health is offering free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care located at 506 Prospect Street in Fall River.
Before the summer begins, get your skin checked by a dermatologist and learn about the signs of skin cancer.
Dermatologist Ronald Schneider, MD, Stephanie Silva, NP, and Jennifer Levesque, PA, will conduct the screenings and provide information on skin cancer prevention and services provided by Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care for cancer patients. Pre-registration for the screening is required as space is limited. Those who attend will receive free sunscreen. To register, please call 800-497-1727.
"Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells, and one of the most common types of cancer in the U.S.," said Dr. Schneider. "Most skin cancers are caused by the exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet rays from the sun and from tanning beds are the primary cause of skin cancer."
Too much exposure to UV rays can also cause sunburn, eye damage, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation marks such as freckles and age spots. Sunscreen should be worn whenever skin is exposed to direct sunlight to protect against the sun's aging effect.
The American Cancer Society recommends a cancer-related checkup, including a skin exam, when you have your regular health exams. For more information about skin cancer, visit www.southcoast.org/summer/skin.html.