Shelbyville Daily Union

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May 20, 2014

SMH May Girls Night Out to discuss skin care, skin cancer

SHELBYVILLE, IL, --- Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It covers and protects your internal organs from injury. It serves as a barrier between you and bacteria and viruses, prevents fluid loss, helps you sense the outside world through touch, and regulates your body temperature. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. More than four million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2014. Of that number, 76,000 will be diagnosed as Melanoma, the most serious of skin cancers.

At the next Shelby Memorial Hospital (SMH) Girls Night Out (GNO), we will be discussing how you can keep your skin healthy. GNO will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 27th, at the Shelbyville Visitor Center, off Route 16, just east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited to attend.

Our special guest speaker will be T. Mark Vasko, M.D., F.A.C.S., Board Certified in General Surgery at SMH. He will explain the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, and contributing risk factors. He will speak about what to look for in skin abnormalities. Finally, Dr. Vasko will untangle the myths on different types of skin cancer, and what steps to take to prevent it. He will talk about options with general surgery and when a mole should be biopsied.

Always a feature at Girls Night Out, while waiting for the presentation to begin, please enjoy a healthy snack and register for the raffle of a special prize.

When Girls Night Out was first formed, it was done as a salute to women’s health including education on mammograms and self-breast care. As always, educational brochures about self-breast exams are available at each Girls Night Out event. Mammograms are encouraged and available at SMH by appointment. For more information on Girls Night Out, or to schedule a mammogram, please visit MySMH.org or call Shelby Memorial Hospital at 217-774-3961, ext. 5171.

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