Free skin-cancer screenings planned in October

A free skin-cancer screening for the uninsured and underinsured is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 10, and 16 at Community Health Center, 19 Myrtle St., Medford. Registration is required and may be made by calling 541-414-8592. A limited number of appointments are available; no walk-ins will be taken.

The screening will be done by local dermatologists and the American Academy of Dermatology in partnership with the Community Health Center.

Likely candidates for the screening are those with fair hair, fair skin, who grew up in a sunny location, have a history of tanning-bed use and have no insurance and/or are experiencing financial hardship.

The event will provide uninsured and underinsured people the opportunity to receive a free screening and is part of the American Academy of Dermatology's ongoing effort to increase the focus on preventive health care.

"People with lighter skin are at greater risk and should check their skin regularly for early warning signs of skin cancer," Dr. Judith Oursler, a dermatologist with Rogue Valley Dermatology and volunteer coordinator of the event, said in a press release. "We'll check moles and other spots for signs of cancer and determine if further analysis is necessary."

More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed yearly in the U.S., according to statistics from the American Cancer Society. If detected early, skin cancer can be successfully treated.

Physicians volunteering for the screening include Denise Burke, J. David Igelman, Jeri Mendelson, Douglas Naversen, Judith Oursler, Dwight Tribelhorn, David Trask and Margo Herron.


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