What is your skin cancer risk: Find out at free OHSU event in Portland May 30

smiling sun with flaming rays

When the summer months finally arrive, Oregonians tend to collectively exhale a long-held breath because we’ve made it through the threshold: nine months of gray skies are over! In our jubilation, we tend to forget the sunscreen and sun hat in our rush to get outside. With the sunshine comes direct UV exposure, and with that—potential health risk worth learning about. Before the sun has us throwing all caution to the wind, OHSU and Portland dermatologists invite you to a free Skin Checks and Sun Safety event on May 30 from 10am—3pm.

Surprisingly, Oregon has a high rate of skin cancer—fifth highest in the nation according to this Portland Tribune article. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented and even cured, if caught early. 

The Free Skin Checks and Sun Safety Event is a family-friendly event with a bunch of activities, not just skin checks and information. Other offerings include:

  • research expo
  • the opportunity to partner with OHSU as a participant in future skin cancer research 
  • 2015 NW Melanoma Walk, (begins at 2:30pm)

Skin cancer can affect all of us, whether you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, an interest in learning about or participating in skin cancer research or an interest in raising awareness as a survivor. No matter the reason, join OHSU and other community members concerned about skin cancer at OHSU Center for Health & Healing (3303 SW Bond Ave. Portland, OR 97239). 

For more detailed information on the event's various activities, visit the event website

Posted on April 29, 2015 and filed under events, health care.