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Community Screening Reveals Skin Cancer Risk Potentially life-threatening cancers identified in 10% of participants

May 12, 2016

 Each year, Mid Coast Hospital holds a community Skin Cancer Screening event aimed at promoting early detection and prevention of skin cancer. Offered at no cost to the public, this year’s event was held on Saturday, May 7. Of the 140 individuals screened, 55 (40%) had positive findings. The screening identified potentially life-threatening cancers in 10% of participants.


The screening was made possible through a collaborative effort that included support from the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society, and Mid Coast Hospital. Mid Coast-affiliated dermatology experts, Dr. David Baird, Dr. Nancy Egan, and Dr. Helge Riemann performed the screenings. Individuals with positive findings were given instructions on getting proper care.


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common cancer in the United States. However, prevention and treatment of skin cancer is possible with good sun-safety habits and early detection.


Dr. Egan advised, “Limiting your time in the sun, using sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), covering exposed skin, and checking your skin regularly for changes are the best ways to prevent skin cancer and reduce your risk of UV damage.”

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