Are you at risk? Protect your skin with early detection
Almost 88,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer this year. Of those people 9,500 will die.
It's a number that Bonnie Kleissle and the Blessing Cancer Center team want to lower.
"We have more skin cancer than any other cancers in the United States, combined," Kleissle said.
The facility is holding it's 8th annual skin cancer screening.
"The earliest you can detect a cancer the better off you are for survival," Kleissle said.
The screening is free and is performed by a physician (see Kristen get her face screened for skin cancer, here).
Kleissle says other ways you can prevent skin cancer is by using sun screen and staying in doors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. But soaking in those rays while inside is a trend on the rise.
"The first time you go to tanning booth your raise your chances by 20 percent for melanoma," Kleissle said.
Stephanie Willey is well aware of the dangers of tanning booths. She is a community outreach educator for Blessing.
Still, she has two adult daughters that love to hit the booths. "I hear from her and her friends that it's relaxing, it gives them a break from college, it relieves them from stress, it makes them feel better about themselves when they're tan," Willey said.
Willey's not buying it. After your first tanning booth session your chances of skin cancer goes up two percent, each additional visit.
"As a mom it scares me to death," Willey said.
Kleissle says the best way for you to stay skin cancer free is to take the tanning lotion off, put the SPF on and always remember...
"...The best prevention still is early detection," Kleissle said.
The free skin screening will be held next Wednesday at the Blessing Cancer Center.
Free oral cancer screening will also be available. Click here, for more information.