Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. With one in five Americans being diagnosed with some form of skin cancer, you or someone you may know are likely at risk. The good news is that skin cancer is preventable and treatable through good sun-safety habits and early detection.
Mid Coast Hospital collaborates annually to provide a free Skin Cancer Screening in hopes of promoting early detection and treatment to prevent possible cancer from progressing. Offered at no cost to the public, this year’s screening was held on June 22.
Board Certified Dermatologists Helge Riemann, MD and Nancy Egan, MD along with Susan Leveille, NP, and Mary Mraz, NP provided their services in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society.
Of the 169 individuals screened, 69 had positive findings. The screening identified potentially life-threatening cancers in 41% of participants. Individuals with positive findings were given instructions on getting proper care.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. If you have fair skin, a family history of skin cancer, or have several moles present on your skin, you could be at greater risk. Take action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage by limiting your time in the sun, using sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), covering exposed skin, and checking your skin regularly for changes.