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Skin Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness, encourages prevention

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More and more people in the 10-county Hardin Memorial Health service area are being diagnosed with skin cancer. As a way to raise awareness about prevention and risk factors, the month of May has been designated National Melanoma Month and Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it’s estimated that nearly 90,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the country in 2017. While only accounting for one percent of skin cancers, more people die from melanoma than any other form of skin cancer.

“The key to preventing skin cancer can be summed up in two words: sun protection,” said Ashley Kerekes, M.D., HMH plastic and reconstructive surgeon. “People should use sunscreen on a daily basis, wear hats and long sleeves when out in the sun, and avoid tanning beds. This can help people avoid a skin cancer diagnosis.”

Kerekes also provides specialized, medical-grade skincare products from ZO Skin Health, including sunscreen.

“These products are aimed to promote healthy skin and taking care of the skin, the body’s largest organ, is important,” Kerekes said.

While prevention is key, early screening is also important. HMH is offering a free skin cancer screening on Friday, June 9. For more information about the skin cancer screening, click here.

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