FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Framingham Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in collaboration with the Metrowest Medical Center and the Latino Health Insurance Program conducted skin cancer screening on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Framingham Public Library. This is the 10th year that the Medical Reserve Corps has provided this important health screening opportunity.
“I am grateful that Dr. Katherine Hein was able to provide her services in screening residents for skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Skin cancer is curable if it is found in the early,” said Public Health Nurse Kitty Mahoney RN.
Approximately two dozen residents were screened by Dr. Hein and provided assistance by MRC volunteers Bill Blumsack, Steve Golden, Joseph Guertin, Barbara Todd, Bonnie Gouveia RN, Joan Metcalfe, RN, and the City of Framingham’s Public Health Nurse Kitty Mahoney, RN. Residents were provided with a facial analysis/derma-scan, information on skin care, sun safe behavior, skin care prevention strategies, sunscreen samples; as well as information of tick and mosquito bite prevention.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month, the Framingham Health Department will be providing information throughout the month about the importance of safe sun behavior and skin care concluding on “National Don’t Fry Day” on Friday, May 25, 2018. The goal is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun. It is important for everyone to remember to use sun protection and sun safety practices.