Skin Cancer Screening

by WHIZ Reporter on March 6, 2012 at 5:25 am

For some students, spring break is right around the corner, and medical professionals are reminding people to take precautions when it comes to being out in the sun.

The 5th most common cancer found in men is skin cancer, and it’s the 6th most common in women.

Northside Pharmacy Wellness Consultant Valerie Wears was at the OU-Z Women’s Heath Fair today offering free skin cancer screenings.

"We are trying to just raise awareness on what to look for," said Wears.  "We have with us our Derma View machine and that picks up any abnormalities that may be caused from prolonged use in the tanning bed; being out in the sun without any sunblock."

Those with light hair and skin are the most susceptible to skin cancer.

Wears said knowing what to look for could be the key to detecting the disease early.

"If you have an area that is dark, bumpy or raised really you need to watch that, if it changes color or it goes away and then comes back, these are signs that it needs to be checked out by a dermatologist," added Wears.

Healthcare officials recommend doing a monthly skin exam to check for moles that could be cancerous.