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Your mysterious lumps and bumps can be examined at free WMed skin cancer check

KALAMAZOO, MI — WMed wants to help keep your hot Michigander summer cancer free.

There will be a free skin cancer spot check clinic at the WMed Health and Family Medicine clinic, 500 W. Crosstown Parkway, on Thursday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It’s important that we take care of ourselves and our skin. Thinking about prevention is important and detecting new lesions is the first step toward treatment,” said Kristi VanDerKolk, a family medicine physician at WMed Health.

Community members of all ages are welcome regardless of whether they are a WMed patient. No appointments are needed and individuals will be served on a first-come, first-served basis, a press release said.

Lumps, bumps, moles, rashes, warts, precancer, skin cancer and scars will be examined and physicians will give advice on best next steps. Attendees will receive sunscreen for participating, according to the press release.

“Persons of all skin types are at risk of skin cancer,” VanDerKolk said. “I would encourage anybody who is worried about a spot on their skin to get it checked out by a qualified health professional.”

The following tips from the Centers for Disease Control can help you stay healthy in summer weather, the press release said.

  • Stay in the shade.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

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