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Health Plus: Melanoma Awareness

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Healthcare providers say skin cancer can impact just about anyone.

"It's really important for the community to know we're all at risk," said Alena Ellerbroek, a nurse practitioner at Premier Dermatology.

"We all need to follow the same sun protective measures," she said.

Ellerbroek recommended people wear sunscreen, hats, even sun protective lip gloss.

She said there are three main types of skin cancer, but the most lethal is Melanoma.

Ellerbroek said people who have a changing or suspicious looking spot on their skin should see a dermatologist; she also said people who have a family history of skin cancer should see a medical professional.

In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, area healthcare providers will provide a free Community Skin Cancer Screening on May 3, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. until Noon.

The event will be held at the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center, located at 200 East Ridgeway Avenue in Waterloo.

To register for the free screening, people are asked to call (319) 236-3444 by Wednesday, April 30th.
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