Shelbyville Daily Union

June 18, 2013

Keeping skin healthy at SMH's Girls Night Out


Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — SHELBYVILLE, IL, June 12, 2013 --- Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects you from bacteria and viruses, helps you sense the outside world through touch, and regulates your body temperature. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. At current rates, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.

Shelby Memorial Hospital (SMH) wants you to know the dos and don’ts of protecting your skin. At the next Girls Night Out (GNO), we will be discussing how you may keep your skin healthy. GNO will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 25th, at the Shelbyville Visitors Center, off Route 16, just east of the main dam. All women in the community are invited to attend.

Jennifer Large, Health Initiatives Representative for the American Cancer Society, will be the first speaker. Ms. Large will speak about the different types of skin cancer, and what steps to take to prevent it.

Our second special guest speaker will be T. Mark Vasko, M.D., F.A.C.S., Board Certified in General Surgery. He will explain the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, and who may be at risk. He will speak about what to look for in skin abnormalities. Finally, Dr. Vasko will untangle the myths from the truth about moles, freckles, age spots and skin tags. He will talk about options with general surgery and when a mole should be biopsied.

Amy Duckett, full time instructor at the Lake Land College of Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Nail Technology will be available for questions and have a table for the ladies to peruse before and after the presentation. Ms. Duckett will have a free sample of sunscreen for all of the attending ladies to take home and brochures on what services the college has to offer.

Everyone attending the June Girls Night Out event will receive a certificate good for a FREE skin screening by Dr. Vasko. 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.

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.