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Saving your skin

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 11, 2007 08:13 AM

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Sun season is coming
(Image courtesy of the Coppertone Company)

NEWTON

Approximately one million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the US this year. As the sun-worshiping season approaches, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is holding a free screening this Wednesday to raise awareness of skin cancers, including melanoma, the most dangerous form that accounts for 79 percent of deaths.

Clinicians will be teaching techniques for skin self-examination, which consists of looking for any changes in the size, color, shape, or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole, or any other unusual changes. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist immediately.

Pre-registration s required. For more information or to register, call 617-243-5900 or visit the hospital online.

-- Connie Paige

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