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Free skin screening clinic at NARH on May 7
Apr 08, 2013

(April 8, 2013) REACH for Community Health, the community education arm of North Adams Regional Hospital, will sponsor a free skin cancer screening clinic on Tuesday, May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Short Stay Unit on the first floor of NARH. Reservations are required for the screening.  Residents interested in scheduling a screening should call REACH at (413) 664-5321. 
 
Board-certified dermatologist Victoria R. Cavalli, MD, and dermatology physician assistant Amy Gumprecht, PA-C, will conduct the screenings for skin cancers including malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.  Free information about skin cancer will be available.
 
The clinic does not provide a complete body check, but instead is intended to check worrisome lesions. The incidence of skin cancer has increased in recent years, with more than two million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer annually, according to the American Cancer Society.  The incidence of malignant melanoma, the potentially lethal form of skin cancer, has increased significantly since 1980. 
 
Skin cancer risk can be decreased by minimizing exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. -- the so-called 'red zone' -- when the sun's rays are most intense.
 
Recommendations include wearing a hat that protects the scalp and face, clothing that protects the trunk and shoulders, and sunglasses with UV protection.  Sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 should be applied to all exposed areas prior to significant exposure to the sun and reapplied every two hours.


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