Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Screening to take place at the Center’s location on John J. Williams Highway at the Beebe Health Campus in Rehoboth Beach
•Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
•Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In recognition of May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center will provide free skin cancer screenings. Local practitioners will be at the center on May 15 and May 31 to perform skin examinations and give recommendations for follow up. A cancer screening nurse navigator will be onsite to educate interested individuals about skin cancer prevention.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. While skin cancers generally are not life threatening, melanoma, a kind of skin cancer, is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. The major risk factor is ultraviolet light, including direct sunlight and tanning bed light exposure.
The American Cancer Society advises the use of sun screens, which protect against harmful sun rays. Higher-rated sun screens higher provide higher levels of protection. Examination for early detection is another way to protect ourselves. Melanoma caught in the early stage has a 90.6% survival rate, while patients diagnosed in the late stages of melanoma usually do not survive past 5 years.

Appointments must be made for skin cancer screenings. Those interested may pre-register by calling Debbie Campbell R.N., Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator at (302) 645-3169.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org