NEW: Blue Cross Blue Shield RI to Hold Free Sun Safety Screening

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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Summer may be almost over, but that doesn't mean you should stop using sun safe habits.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will sponsor a free sun safety screening in Providence this month. The screening will take place on Wednesday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the St. Edwards Food and Wellness Clinic, 1001 Branch Avenue, Providence.

A representative from United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island will also be present to help connect individuals with the information and services they need, confidentially and for free. Whether you need to find daycare for your child, financial assistance, a mental health counselor, or if you need any other kind of community-based service in Rhode Island, 2-1-1 is available to help individuals and their families.

Screening Details

The sun safety screening uses DermaView technology to analyze an individual’s face for sun damage. This allows participants to view the effects of cumulative sun exposure since early childhood. Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays causes premature skin aging—and increases a person’s risk for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer.

Attendees will also receive tips on the proper use of sunscreen and learn other steps they can take to avoid sunburns and long-term skin damage. Please note: Bare skin is best for the screening. If you use facial moisturizer or other cosmetics that contain sunscreen, even if they have a low SPF, please remove them before the evaluation begins.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend and registration is not required.

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