Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Skin exam takes 10 minutes
BY SUE MacDONALD
The Cincinnati Enquirer
During a 10-minute skin-cancer examination, doctors check all areas of the body and trouble spots most prone to skin cancer.
Doctors examine patients' skin closely for suspicious lesions or growths. They also advise people to protect their skin use sunscreen lotions, wear protective clothing, wisely expose skin to sun and avoid tanning booths.
The doctor fills out a one-page form for each patient indicating family history, common sunning habits and locations on the body front, back, head, face, scalp, feet where moles and suspicious lesions are found.
People suspected of having skin cancer are told to follow up with a dermatologist for tests and possible treatment.
With melanoma, early detection is easy because the signs are right there, visible on the surface of the skin, says Dr. Charles Fixler, Cincinnati dermatologist and coordinator of this year's skin cancer screening program.
Part of this year's campaign includes a the Skin Cancer Foundation's Dressing for Sun Protection program. A free brochure, Get Smart! Go Under Cover! is available by calling (800) 754-6490.
Among the clothing-related tips for sun exposure:
Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.
Choose tight-weave clothing. Light cotton T-shirts and polo shirts, for example, have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 6-7, below the SPF 15 recommended by skin experts. Best choices are unbleached cotton, wool or polyester.
›Choose loose-fitting clothes over stretchy fabrics or skin-hugging fabrics. Best colors are deep blue, black or bright orange and bright red.
What: Free skin cancer screenings.
When: Offered week of May 3-7 by 40 Tristate dermatologists.
How: Call American Cancer Society 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays through May 7 at 891-9615 for appointment with a specialist near you.
UC research deaths go unreported
City's ready to trade up to strong mayor
Mailing on mayor mistaken for ballot
Radio system levy raises fight
System would increase cost of dispatches
Mom gets life in rape case
Officer pulls woman from fiery wreck
Lawyer denies shotgun threat on golf course
Lawyer sentenced to a year
At least three want empty school board seat
Bill Bowen laid to rest
Patton uncertain on casino gambling
Casino gambling issue controversial in N.Ky.
Melanoma Monday kicks off screenings
Skin exam takes 10 minutes
GET TO IT
Historic, epic and . . . trashy
Jazz great turns classical with 'Muir Woods Suite'
Kids get taste of life without TV
Warren growth straining schools
Web site promises no-wait medical news
Campbell schools to cut staffs
Cyclist struck by car goes home
Delhi offers car tour
Furnish jury selection slow
Jail food wins reprieve
Leads continue in Troutman deaths
Liquor licenses threatened
New rules pondered for strip clubs
Paddling helps students learn
Passing of town leader lamented
Petitions seek to save old Lebanon buildings
Prostitution arrest brings suit
Scholarship program hits its 10th year
School leader Carroll retires
Search of river fruitless; man presumed drowned
Secular role argued in Christmas case
Seminude dancers still goal of club owner
Sewer plant? Not in our backyard
Sites for Kenton jail topic of 2 meetings