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Skin Cancer Screening Identifies Importance of Early Detection

29 participants require follow-up care

Each year, Mid Coast Hospital holds a community skin cancer screening aimed at promoting early detection and prevention of skin cancer. Offered at no cost to the public, this year's event was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Of the 146 individuals screened, 29 had positive findings and were referred for follow-up care and educated on continued monitoring.

"Mid Coast Hospital continues this tradition because we recognize the importance of early detection and prevention in saving lives," said Cate Parker, Director of Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness. "With this screening and ongoing screenings for other cancers, we are grateful to be able to reach so many individuals that are at risk of developing cancer. This is directly in line with our mission of caring for the health and wellbeing of our community."

The screening was a collaboration of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society, and Mid Coast Center for Community Heath & Wellness. It was offered to the community at no cost with services provided by Dr. Nancy Egan, Dr. Helge Riemann, and Dr. Nathan Brewer.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common cancer in the United States. All individuals should take action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage by limiting time in the sun, using sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), covering exposed skin, and checking skin regularly for changes.

 
 
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