MEDFORD, Ore. – Millions of people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year and the uninsured and under-insured are not exempt; that’s why Community Health Center is holding free skin cancer screenings.
The screening is looking for uninsured or under-insured patients, who have fair hair and skin, who have a history of tanning bed use or grew up in a sunny location.
Dr. Margo Herron, a screening clinic volunteer, explained that people with lighter skin and lighter hair colors are more likely to get a skin cancer or to have an abnormal legion, which needs to be biopsied sooner rather than later.
Jan Anderson is a local resident who was diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Her concerns over the cost of diagnosis and treatment kept her from getting screened in the first place, which is where the Community Health Center’s free skin cancer screening last year came in to help.
The screenings are a couple weeks away, but you need to book your appointment immediately. To do so, call 541-414-8592. The free screenings will happen on October 4th, 10th, and 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Health Center on Myrtle Street in Medford.