Assess Your Sun Damage at Free BCBSRI Sun Safety Screening Event

(Providence, RI, 6.24.2010)

To kick off UV Safety Month, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will hold a free sun safety screening on Thursday, July 1 for members of the public interested in assessing their sun damage and learning ways to protect their skin.

The screening will be held at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street, Providence, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer but is highly preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends five easy ways to reduce risk for skin cancer:

  1. Seek Shade, especially during midday hours (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest and do the most damage.
  2. Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  3. Get a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  4. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent as possible of both UVA and UVB rays.
  5. Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher that shields against both UVA and UVB rays.

The BCBSRI sun safety screening uses DermaViewTM technology to analyze an individual's face for sun damage, which can be caused by sun exposure from early childhood. Participants will receive safety tips on the proper use of sunscreen and learn other ways to avoid burns and long-term skin damage.

Please Note: Bare skin is best for the screening. If you use facial moisturizer or other cosmetics that contain sunscreen, even if it has a low SPF, please remove it before the evaluation begins.

As schedules are subject to change, please visit the Community Events Calendar on for updates.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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