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News : Health Jul 1, 2014 - 10:52:33 PM

New Milford Hospital Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

By New Milford Hospital

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NEW MILFORD, CT - The Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital, located at 21 Elm Street, will host a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY). The screenings will be provided by physicians from Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut. The public is invited and encouraged to take advantage of this free screening. Appointments are required and must be made no later than July 21, 2014. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-350-1595.

Skin cancer screening is encouraged if:
You have risk factors for skin cancer
You never had your skin checked for skin cancer
You want to learn more about preventing or recognizing skin cancer

Risk factors for skin cancer include:
Fair skin that freckles or burns easily
Blond or red hair, blue/green/gray eyes
A personal or family history of skin cancer
High sun exposure, multiple sunburns especially at an early age
Use of tanning beds or sun lamps
High number of moles

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. It is treatable if found early, making early detection so very important. Take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from this preventive health screening conducted by board-certified dermatologists and help us encourage others to get screened for skin cancer, use sunscreen regularly and practice skin self-exams monthly. Please note – this is a screening only, no treatment will be provided.

For more information about program and services available at the Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital, call Barbara Davies, R.N., at (860) 210-5301.

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