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Wed., May 22nd, 8:15 to 11:30 am

PROVO, UTAH (May 20, 2013) -- With more than a million new cases of skin cancer occurring each year, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths primarily from melanoma, it is important to prevent and treat skin cancers. Since the earlier treatment is initiate the better the outcome, the Utah County Health Department will be holding free Skin Cancer Screening Clinics on May 22nd, from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. in Suite 1709 of the Utah County Health and Justice Building (151 S. University Ave, Provo).

Doctors and medical personnel will review skin conditions for individuals, looking for abnormalities that might indicate or lead to skin cancer. Referrals will be made for individuals considered to be at risk to local dermatologists. Educational materials regarding protection from the sun and free samples of skin products will also be distributed.

Know the ABCDE's of skin cancer. You may want to get screened if you have a mole or skin lesion:

  • Asymetry: if the lesion is irregular in shape or height
  • Border: an irregular shape (not round)
  • Coloration: changes, or is different than other moles, or is red or flaky
  • Diameter: if the size changes
  • Evoling: if the mole or leision is changing size or shape.

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Of course, if you have any concerns about a lesion that won't heal or you have suspences, you should have it checked by a doctor. At the UCHD Skin Clinic, a doctor will determine if you need to be seen by a dermatologist, if your lesion needs to be removed, scraped or burned; if you need cryosurgery (freeze it using liquid nitrogen); if you need laser surgery, radiotherapy or any other procedure. We will provide you with a list of dermatologist of Utah County, and access to financial aid if needed. For an appointment or for questions, please call 851- 7038, or individuals will be seen on a first come/first served basis.

Additional free skin cancer screening clinics will be held at the same times and locations on the following dates:

  • June 26th

For additional dates or more information, please see http://www. utahcountyonline.org/Dept2/Hea lth /Nursing/CancerSchedule.asp.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth. org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uch ealth, www.pinterest.com/uchd< /a> , or www.twitter.com/uchd