Doctors discuss skin cancer dangers, free screenings


POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — As summer approaches, many people are looking forward to enjoying the outdoors. But before you start soaking up the sun, doctors say it’s important to protect your skin.
“Skin cancer is one of the leading cancers in America. One out of every five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life,” said Dr. Cristin Weicker LVPG Schuylkill.

That’s why Lehigh Valley Health Network-Schuylkill is holding free skin screenings this weekend. Doctors at the hospital in Pottsville tell me, as our sun exposure increases, so does our risk of skin cancer.

“It’s important for patients to have a full body check because skin cancer can develop anywhere,” said Weicker.

During a screening, doctors will look at a patient’s freckles, moles and skin lesions. They’ll keep an eye on the shape and color. Specifically looking at asymmetry, borders, colors , diameters greater than six millimeters, and how it has evolved.

“The thing about skin cancer is that if we catch it early, it is one of the most preventable kinds of cancer,” said Weicker.

Doctors recommend learning what to look out for yourself — and getting checked by a dermatologist once a year, starting in early adulthood.

“We can reduce our risk by decreasing our sun exposure,” said Weicker.

That’s why at Saturday’s screenings, there will be plenty of free sun screen samples.

Doctors recommend using a sunscreen with at least a SPF of 30 and to reapply ever two hours.

The free screenings will be held at 200 Schuylkill Medical Plaza in Pottsville Saturday, May 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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