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NEW: Blue Cross Blue Shield RI To Hold Sun Safety Screenings

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

Make sure you don't neglect your skin when enjoying summer fun.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will sponsor three free sun safety screenings in the Providence area during the month of August, which members of the public are encouraged to attend, as registration is not required. The screenings will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, August 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Amos House, 413 Friendship Street, Providence.
  • Tuesday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Progreso Latino, 626 Broad Street, Central Falls.
  • Wednesday, August 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., St. Edwards Food and Wellness Center, 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.

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. BCBSRI notes that 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, make sure to remove them before the evaluation begins.

 

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