POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 8:53am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:31am
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 26 at Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet campus, with registration required. Medical experts include Dr. Lynn Tucker, Dr. Mary Dobson and Dr. W. Trent Massengale.
More than 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, but when detected early, skin cancer has up to a 95 percent cure rate.
The best ways to detect possible areas with skin cancer are to do self-exams. It's recommended that you do them once a month and look for any abnormal skin growth or any change in the color, shape, size or appearance of a skin growth.
Although most skin cancer can be detected and treated early, it can still be very dangerous. Here are a few ideas to help protect you and your family this summer:
1. Stay out of the sun during peak hours - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. Wear a hat that can cover your face and neck
3. Wear long-sleeved shirts and loose fitting clothing to cover your body
4. Always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. A minimum of SPF 15 is recommended, although SPF 30+ offers more protection.
5. Apply sunscreen to all parts of the body receiving sun exposure
6. Reapply sunscreen as need if you sweat or are in the water
7. Wear sunglasses or some form of eye protection
Registration is required – please call (225) 763-4281 during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., or register online at www.brgeneral.org  for an appointment. More information is also available at www.BRGeneral.org .