Pine Belt residents receive free skin cancer screenings

© Becca Duff, M.D. Dermatologist with the Plastic Surgery Center
© Becca Duff, M.D. Dermatologist with the Plastic Surgery Center

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) -  Pine Belt residents were given free skin cancer screenings on Monday at Hattiesburg's Plastic Surgery Center.

The center provides these free screenings the first Monday of May in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology. They sponsor this annual event, which aims to educate people about safe skin practices.

Doctors with the Plastic Surgery Center evaluated patient's skin concerns like new moles, rashes and other discolorations. Becca Duff, a Dermatologist, said the screenings enable physicians to catch something that could be of concern and refer the patient to a specialist, or offer reassurance that things are ok.

According to Duff, "Well what people don't realize is that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer that is out there. And the more prevalent that tanning and tanning beds in our culture is, the more likely people are to be prone to either pre-cancer spots or skin cancers."

Duff said it's important to catch skin problems early because conditions like melanomas can be deadly. She advised people of all skin types to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 daily, and be aware that there is no such thing as a "safe" suntan.

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