Summertime Fun In The Sun Comes With A Price

May 05, 2008

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes opportunities for fun in the sun. If poolside or indoor tanning, or other prolonged exposure to sunlight, is part of your summertime plan, local physicians warn that it could prove costly.

In fact, in the United States, 1 in 85 Americans will develop melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, at some point in their life. The risk of developing melanoma increases with age, but nonetheless the disease frequently affects young, otherwise healthy people.

Melanoma can spread very rapidly and is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Although it is less common than other types of skin cancer, the rate of melanoma is steadily increasing, and is currently the leading cause of death associated with skin disease.

Skin cancers are mainly found on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as the head, face, ears, neck, hands and arms. The key to treating melanoma is recognizing symptoms early.

WHAT: Free Skin Cancer Screenings offered by TriStar Health System and the Nashville Dermatology Society

WHEN: Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: Three Locations-  Centennial Medical Center, Skyline Medical Center and StoneCrest Medical Center

For more information and to register for screenings, call Tristar Medline at 615-342-1919.

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