Free Sun Safety Screenings from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

(Providence, RI, 4.20.2011)

To help Rhode Islanders assess the sun damage on their face before booking their summer beach vacations, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will sponsor two free sun safety screenings.

The screenings will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Calcutt Middle School, 112 Washington Street, Central Falls.
  • Thursday, May 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, 655 Broad Street, Providence.

Repeated sun exposure can cause premature skin aging, as well as an increased risk for skin cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society states that risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

DermaViewTM technology will be used at the BCBSRI sun safety screening to help individuals determine if they have sun damage on their face, allowing participants to view the effects of cumulative sun exposure since early childhood. Safety tips on the proper use of sunscreen and steps to take to avoid sunburns and long-term skin damage will be provided to all attendees.

No registration for the BCBSRI sun safety screening is required. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

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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