Play it safe in the sun, get skin checked
May 1, 2012 3:14PM
Updated: June 3, 2012 8:10AM
NEW LENOX — With summer around the corner, it is important to remember to practice proper sun protection and understand the risks of skin cancer.
To help minimize your risk of skin cancer, Silver Cross Hospital suggests the following:
Generously apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 to all exposed skin.
Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Wear protective clothing.
Seek shade when the sun’s rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Check yourself. A change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole or an unusual new mole is often the first sign of melanoma.
Dr. Aaron Cetner, dermatologist with Premier Dermatology and on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, will offer free skin cancer screenings from 5-6:30 p.m. May 24. Dr. Gregory Bezanis, a dermatologist, will provide screenings from 9-10:30 a.m. May 25. Screenings will be at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, Pavilion B, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.
Register at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-4325.