Dr. Z talks skin cancer awareness and Hat Run
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Z and organizers talked about skin cancer awareness and the upcoming Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation Hat Run.
Dr. Z said melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and one person every hour dies from it. It also hits people between the ages of 15 and 29 especially hard.
Lauren Olinde died in 2012 from skin cancer. A mole on her head turned out to be a melanoma, and later spread throughout her body.
Before she died, she and her friends discussed creating a non-profit foundation to raise skin cancer awareness through a run/walk event. The "Hat Run" is meant to remind people to wear hats and long clothing to reduce sun damage to their skin.
The Hat Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. It costs $20 to participate in the race, and free skin care screenings are available for everyone who wants to come out.