NORWAY – Stephens Memorial Hospital and the Maine Chapter of the American Cancer Society are teaming up to offer a “skin damage screening” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the hospital health information library, first floor of the Ripley Medical Building.

Debbie Trask of the Maine Chapter will utilize a skin analyzer to show attendees the amount of damage the sun can cause to the skin.

“Exposure to the sun is a risk factor for skin cancer, which, if not detected early, can be fatal, and we want to help the community understand the potential seriousness,” said Deb Clark, hospital librarian. Clark organized the complimentary screening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of skin cancer cases has increased in the United States. More than 1 million cases will be diagnosed annually. The most serious form of skin cancer is malignant melanoma, expected to be diagnosed in more than 55,000 people this year. Melanoma is the most common cancer among people 25 to 29 years old.

For more information, contact Clark at 743-1562, ext. 323.


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