Letter to the Editor
Skin cancer screenings encouraged and available
Dr. John J. Jones (B.S. ’72) will be hosting free skin cancer screenings for the public during the month of May at Jones Dermatology.
“Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime,” Jones said. “That’s why raising awareness of skin cancer in our community through this screening is so important.”
The public is invited to come in anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. or between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday or to make an appointment by calling 985-447-3889.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices is the most important preventable cause of all skin cancers, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Protect your skin by seeking shade and wearing sunscreen and protective clothing.
Early detection is also vital to effectively treat skin cancer. Regularly check your skin for moles that are growing, changing or bleeding, and make an appointment with a dermatologist if you see anything suspicious.
Jones Dermatology is located at 404 North Acadia Road, Thibodaux, La., near Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. To learn more about ways to prevent and detect skin cancer, visit www.jonesderm.com.