December 14th and 15th
With more than a million new cases of skin cancer occurring each year, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths primarily from melanoma, it is important to prevent and treat skin cancers. Since the earlier treatment is initiated, the better the outcome, the Utah County Health Department will be holding a free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14th and 15th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Suite 1709 of the Utah County Health and Justice Building (151 S. University Ave, Provo).
Doctors and medical personnel will review skin conditions for individuals, looking for abnormalities that might indicate or lead to skin cancer. Referrals will be made for individuals considered to be at risk to local dermatologists. Educational materials regarding protection from the sun and free samples of skin products will also be distributed.
Know the ABCDE's of skin cancer. You may want to get screened if you have a mole or skin lesion:
- Asymetry: one half of the mole or lesion doesn't not match the other half
- Border: the borders of the mole or lesion are irregular, ragged, blurred, or notched
- Coloration: the color of the mole is not the same throughout. There may be different shades of brown, tan, black, blue, red or white
- Diameter: the mole is larger than 6 millimeters (about 1/4 of an inch, roughly the size of a pencil eraser
- Evoling: if the mole or lesion has been growing or changed its shape or color
Sample of Asymmetry
Sample of Border
Sample of Color
Sample of Diameter
The doctor will determine if you need to be seen by a dermatologist, if your lesion needs to be removed, scraped or burned; if you need cryosurgery (freeze it using liquid nitrogen); if you need laser surgery, radiotherapy or any other procedure. We will provide you with a list of dermatologists in Utah County, and access to financial aid if needed. For an appointment or for questions, please call 801-851-7038. For additional dates or more information, please see www.UtahCountyHealth.org.
Additional free skin cancer screening clinics will be held at the same times and locations on the following dates:
- January 12 & 26, 2011
- February 9 & 10, 2011
- March 9 & 23, 2011
- April 6 & 7, 2011
- May 10 & 11, 2011
- June 8 & 22, 2011
The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community, prevent avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD on at www.twitter.com/uchd or www. FaceBook.com/uchealth.