National mobile skin cancer campaign stops in Connecticut

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)  – The Road to Healthy Skin tour was in East Haven, offering free skin cancer screening.

The Skin Cancer Foundation and Rite Aid teamed up for it in 2008. Since then, the mobile clinic has made several stops in Connecticut.

People gathered long before the doors opened to this mobile skin cancer screening clinic.
They were in line, waiting for a full body check at no cost. for early signs of skin cancer.
Chris Vallas was driving by when he spotted the RV.

“You just worry,”said Chris, “All the years in the sun and you just worry that maybe something is going on that you are not aware of.”

For Julie Bredo,  “How did you hear about it? on Channel 8 News. I was so happy to hear it and I was elated because I’ve tried for the last four years to get a skin cancer screening with no avail. There are very difficult avenues even if you have health insurance.”

The Rite Aid on Hemingway in East Haven is the first stop of the Road to Healthy Skin Summer tour.
Sun exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U-S.
If caught and treated early, it can be cured.

Inside the retrofitted van, patients are examined by Dermatologist Dr. Sean Christensen with Yale School of Medicine.
This is all about easy access to doctors like him.

Dr. Christensen said, “A lot of people may not have contact with a dermatologist and they may not feel comfortable discussing it with their primary doctor or they may not even have a primary care doctor.”

It’s recommended people see a dermatologist for a skin exam yearly and practice monthly self-exams.
Two things to keep in mind at home.

“Any spot that looks concerning or is red or is irritated,” said Dr. Christensen, “Give it one month because anybody can get a pimple and a pimple should go away within a month. Anything that hasn’t gone away after a month should be looked at.”

As well as a spot, irregular in size, compared to other moles.

For Chris, “I seem to be in good health.”

And Julie, “Yes, only good news, Thank God.”

It was worth the wait.

The Road to Healthy Skin Tour is making 35 stops this summer — thru the Mid-Atlantic region.
The next stop, Hoboken, New Jersey.

For more information- visit http://www.SkinCancer.org

 

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