Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund
Melanoma Monday May 4, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.  This May, Jack's Fund and the American Academy of Dermatology are recognizing Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by encouraging people to screen themselves and their loved ones for skin cancer.  Performing regular skin self-examinations is an easy way to detect suspicious moles that could be cancerous.
Loyola Unversity Health System specialist will offer free melanoma/skin cancer screenings to the public in recognition of "Melanoma Monday" today
May 4, 2009 
Loyola dermatologists and residents will offer the screenings free of charge at the following locations:
Loyola Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center
1 - 5 p.m.
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. First Ave.
Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen
8 a.m. - noon
15750 Marian Dr.
Homer Glen
Loyola Center for Health at LaGrange Park
1 - 5 p.m.
321 North LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange Park
Loyola Center for Health at Wheaton
8 a.m. - noon
140 East Loop Road
CALL:  888-584-7888 for more information and to schedule an appointment. 
According to the Academy of Dermatology
90% of skin damage occurs before
the age of 18. 
Be a role model!  angel shoeAthletes are especially suseptible to skin cancer.  Jack's Fund would like to remind parents and coaches to protect the young athlete from damaging UV radiation, a known carcinogen.   
1.  Wear sunscreen ( SPF 30 or higher) even on cloudy days and reapply often.
2.  Wear sunglasses - Overexposure to UV rays has been shown to contribute to the development of cataracts as well as serious eye cancers.
3.  Wear hats and UV protective clothing.
4.  Seek shade when possible. 
There is no such things as a healthy suntan. Any changes in your natural skin color is a sign of skin damage.  Every time your skin color changes after sun exposure, your risk of developing sun-related ailments increases (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).