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Free Skin Screenings Offered At Health Fair

April 11, 2014, 6:12 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Free Skin Screenings Offered At Health Fair

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

The good news is, if it's caught early, skin cancer is almost always curable.

That's why free skin screenings were offered during today's Sanford Health-KELO TV Health Fair.

Kristi Dorn decided to take advantage of the free skin screening at the Sanford Health-KELO TV Health Fair. At 37-years-old, this is the first time she's had a medical professional take a complete look at her skin.

"There's a couple moles I've seen in the past that I've questioned, so I thought today would be a great day to come out and get it checked," Dorn said.

Dorn also admits that the statistics are a little startling. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

"With early detection you end up with a smaller scar and a better prognosis," Sanford Dermatology Physician Assistant Jocelyn Dahl said.

Physician Assistant Jocelyn Dahl says you should keep A,B,C,D,E in mind when looking for skin cancer. A stands for asymmetry.

"One side of the mole doesn't look like the other," Dahl said.

B is for irregular borders. Watch out for jagged or fuzzy borders with moles. C stands for multiple colors, and D--large diameter.

"One that's greater than a pencil eraser," Dahl said.

You should also watch out for moles that are E--evolving.

"If something is changing quickly, you shouldn't ignore it. You should make sure to get in and have your dermatology provider evaluate it," Dahl said.

In addition to getting suspicious spots checked out by a health professional, you should check your skin yourself on a monthly basis.

"Especially if someone has had a history of skin cancer we typically encourage them to look at their skin on a monthly basis just like they would do their monthly breast exam," Dahl said.

Even though Dorn checked out ok today, she's going to continue to keep an eye out for any suspicious spots. She's also thankful for today's health fair.

"Why not just take a quick, five minute check. You are in and out. It's very easy. It's great to have events like this," Dorn said.

While the skin screenings are now over, the Health Fair lasts until nine tonight at the Empire Mall.

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