Starting Tuesday, July 7, Moab Regional Hospital is offering low-cost skin screenings through the end of the summer. Skin screenings will cost $40, payable at the time of service, as MRH will not bill insurance for this low-cost special.
Screening examinations are very effective for early skin cancer detection. Early detection of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, can save one’s life, said a statement from the hospital.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States as one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Utah has the highest rates of melanoma in the nation — a rate more than double the national average. Normally, skin cells develop in a controlled and orderly way — healthy new cells push older cells toward the skin’s surface where they die and fall off. But, when some cells develop DNA damage (caused by ultraviolet light) new cells may begin to grow out of control and eventually form a mass of cancerous cells.
Some factors that can increase the risk of skin cancer include: fair skin, history of sunburns, excessive ultraviolet light exposure, family history of skin cancer, having any moles or unusual moles, and living closer to the equator or at a higher elevation.
Fortunately, there are ways to self-protect from harmful ultraviolet light. MRH wants to encourage everyone to practice sun safety, which includes wearing broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher, avoiding tanning beds, wearing protective clothing when you go outside for extended periods of time, and getting yearly skin screenings.
The low-cost skin screening offered by MRH is a skin cancer screening examination only. Providers will not treat any identified irregularities during this appointment. If any areas of concern are identified, patients will be advised to seek follow-up care with a primary care provider, dermatologist or surgeon.
Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and can be made by calling the Moab Regional Hospital Specialty Clinic at 435-719-5500, option 2.