Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:33 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Jul 22, 2014 8:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - More than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, but you can block it out by getting a free screening tomorrow from Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
The best ways to detect possible areas with skin cancer are to do self-exams. It's recommended that you do them once per month and look for any abnormal skin growth or any change in the color, shape, size or appearance of a skin growth.
The best way to avoid skin cancer altogether is to take preventative measures, especially during the hot, sunny summer months.
"You can still be in the sun and do it safely," Dr. Genevieve Maronge says. "The most important thing is to wear sunscreen everyday, including on your face using a broad spectrum sunscreen that's at least SPF 30."
Dr. Maronge also says you should find shade during the hottest and brightest hours of the day and wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sleeves whenever possible.
A key to beating skin cancer is early detection. That's why Baton Rouge General is hosting a free screening tomorrow from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Bluebonnet location. You can find more information on their website.