Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to Hold Free Sun Safety Screening

(Providence, RI, 3.23.2011)

With warmer weather on its way, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will sponsor a free sun safety screening on April 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street, Providence. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The sun safety screening uses DermaViewTM technology to analyze an individual's face for sun damage. This allows participants to view the effects of cumulative sun exposure since early childhood. Not only does repeated exposure to the sun cause premature skin aging, but it also increases a person's risk for skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Attendees also will receive safety tips on the proper use of sunscreen and learn other steps you can take to avoid sunburns and long-term skin damage.

No registration for the BCBSRI sun safety screening is required.

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.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsri.comand follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

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