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Baptist Health Paducah to host free skin cancer screening



The Kentucky Cancer Program, Baptist Health Paducah, Lourdes, Paducah Dermatology and Wellsprings Dermatology are partnering to host a free skin cancer screening for the public from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Baptist Health Paducah Heart Center.

“Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime,” said Jamie Smith, Cancer Control Specialist with the Kentucky Cancer Program. “That’s why raising awareness of skin cancer in our community through this free skin cancer screening is so important.”

Screenings will be done by appointment only. To register for your appointment or for more information, phone the Kentucky Cancer Program at 270.442.1310.

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices is the most important preventable cause of all skin cancers, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Protect your skin by seeking shade, and wearing sunscreen and protective clothing.

Early detection also is vital to effectively treat skin cancer. Regularly check your skin for moles that are growing, changing or bleeding, and make an appointment with a dermatologist if you see anything suspicious.

To learn more about ways to prevent and detect skin cancer, or to find a local dermatologist, visit SpotSkinCancer.org.