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Augusta Health offers free skin-cancer screening

Augusta Health Cancer Center will conduct its annual free Skin Cancer Screening on Tuesday, June 26 beginning at 5:30 pm.  The screening will be held on the first floor of the Cancer Center. Please call 540.332.5961 or 540.932.5961 for an appointment.  The screenings will be conducted by local dermatologists.

Skin-cancer screening is very important.  Over the past few years, the incidence of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, has been increasing.  Although anyone can develop skin cancer, some people are at higher risk. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk factors for skin cancer are:

– A lighter natural skin color
– A personal history of skin cancer
– A family history of melanoma
– Exposure to the sun through work and play
– A history of sunburns in early life
– Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun
– Blue or green eyes.

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety.