Editor’s Note: With possible inclement weather in the forecast, make sure to check the Discovery Green website for updates on possible event cancellations.
As the weather heats up, many of us will be heading outdoors to the beach, waterpark, or your own backyard for poolside gatherings. Wherever you find yourself this summer, sun protection is likely a top concern, especially for parents. While sunscreen is one of the best ways to help avoid sunburns and skin cancer, head-to-toe screenings are also essential for early detection and prevention. That’s why the Skin Cancer Foundation will offer free skin cancer examinations starting tomorrow.
As part of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Destination: Healthy Skin campaign, local dermatologist volunteers will administer free skin cancer screenings at Discovery Green June 5 and 6 from 10 am to 4 pm on a first come, first served basis.
The program’s mission is to help spread the word about skin cancer prevention and education while providing the public access to early detection — a key in preventing spots from becoming cancerous.
Inside the 38-foot Destination: Healthy Skin RV, you will be asked to fill out an initial medical form before the exam. You will then be taken to a private room and provided a gown to change into. Then the dermatologist will start the full body evaluation, document any discoveries, and give professional action plan guidance.
Walgreens will have trained staff on site to provide education on which type of sunscreen to use and best application recommendations along with information about other UV protection products. They will also operate a visual skin damage tool that shows UV burns where participants can score a free Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector SPF 50+ and educational supplies.
The Skin Cancer Foundation says using a broad-spectrum sunscreen and receiving annual skin exams from a dermatologist isn’t enough to completely protect yourself from skin cancer. You should also seek shade during the hottest parts of the day, avoid getting sunburned, never use UV tanning beds, cover up with clothing and hats, wear UV-blocking sunglasses, and perform monthly self-exams.
Since June is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to get yourself and your family evaluated all while having a fun day at the park by enjoying everything Discovery Green has to offer! Little ones can splash through the jets at Gateway Fountain, adults can join a balance and flexibility exercise group, or try out an exciting parkour class for free. Love music? Stick around to hear Marshall Crenshaw live June 6 at 7 pm.