Defend Against Skin Cancer
Silver Cross Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May
New Lenox, IL (April 23, 2014)- Summer is almost upon us, so it’s time to start practicing proper sun protection techniques in order to lower your risk of skin cancer. With more than 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed each year in the United States, the American Cancer Society and Silver Cross want you to take precautions.
The good news about skin cancer is that you can do a lot to protect yourself and family and it is highly curable and easily preventable if detected early. Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) rays from both the sun and man-made sources, like indoor tanning beds. However, there are other factors to skin cancer that increase your risk including having light colored skin, hair and eyes, having a family member with skin cancer, or being over the age of 50. Follow some of Silver Cross’ helpful hints to minimize your risk:
- Avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Wear protective clothing like broad brimmed hats and long sleeves when working or relaxing outside.
- Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 a half hour before going outside as well as reapplication every two hours.
- Steer clear of tanning beds. Perhaps try a spray tan for an even, riskless form of tanning.
- Check yourself. Using your eyes and a mirror, check your skin for suspicious looking moles that may change in size, shape or color. Cancerous moles are typically not symmetrical or round and have a jagged look to them. Also, a mole six millimeters or bigger (about the size of a pencil eraser) is abnormal.
"Skin cancers have an exceedingly high cure rate when detected early”said Dr. Frank Tobin, dermatologist with Southwest Dermatology and on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “If left untreated they can be locally destructive, disfiguring and at times life threatening. This is best prevented if skin exams performed by a dermatologist. We recommend evaluation of any new, changing, or suspicious lesions."
In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Frank Tobin and Dr. John Fox, dermatologists with Southwest Dermatology and on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, will offer free skin cancer screenings on Wednesday, May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Screenings will be held at The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 5 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.