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Free skin cancer screening coming to Sunnyside

Worried about that pesky mole but have no insurance to follow up on it? Fear not, as there will be a free skin cancer screening in downtown Sunnyside at Centennial Square tomorrow, Tuesday, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event is part of Road to Healthy Skin Tour sponsored by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for Hispanic Health rallied to have the bus make a stop in Sunnyside.

The free examinations will take place in a tour bus, which features two exam rooms. Exams last two to five minutes as a dermatologist closely inspects the body, particularly areas most frequently exposed to the sun. The dermatologist uses a specialized magnifying glass to identify potential skin abnormalities. If any suspicious growths are detected, the patient is given a list of local dermatologists and advised to follow-up.

During the 2008 tour, dermatologists found 39 suspected melanomas, 76 suspected squamous cell carcinomas, 224 suspected basal cell carcinomas and 537 suspected cases of actinic keratosis.

No appointments are necessary to take advantage of the Sunnyside tour stop downtown.

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