Intermountain Medical Center to offer free skin cancer screenings for uninsured Utahns

MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Next month is national melanoma -skin cancer awareness month. In honor of the month, Intermountain Medical Center will be offering free skin cancer screenings.  Dr. Tawna Bowles from Intermountain Medical Center talks more about the program.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.

Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.


-Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

-Do not burn.

-Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.

-Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

-Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

-Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

-Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

-Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

-See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic For Uninsured and Underinsured Utahns
Intermountain Medical Center in Murray
May 6 – 4 to 8 p.m.
Call to schedule an appointment – 801.507.3973

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