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Free skin cancer screenings available

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A free skin cancer screening will be offered June 28 at Baptist Health Paducah's Heart Center. Hours will be 8-11 a.m.

The Kentucky Cancer Program, Baptist Health Paducah, Lourdes hospital, Paducah Dermatology and Wellsprings Dematology will sponsor the screening.

"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."

A skin-cancer screening is a visual, non-invasive exam that takes only a few minutes, but has the potential to save lives. Screenings will be done by appointment only.  For an appointment or for more information, call 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 the skin by seeking shade, and wearing sunscreen and protective clothing.

Early detection also is vital. Regularly check the skin for moles that are growing, changing or bleeding, and make an appointment with a dermatologist if anything suspicious noticed.

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

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