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Hospital gives free skin evaluations at the YMCA

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Greenwich, CT | Added on June 06, 2014 At 01:45 PM

May might have been skin cancer detection and prevention month, but the Greenwich YMCA is continuing to promote sun safety. 

"What we're doing right now is with Greenwich Hospital. They are doing skin evaluations," said the YMCA's Director of Wellness Lee Ann Borg. 

Members waited in line to get their skin checked by a nurse from Greenwich Hospital. A machine used a mirror and lights to show patients sun damage on their skin. 

"We have a special light in here that might show things like some freckles or different dark spots. That's what the sun does to your skin through the years. It can damage your skin even though you don't see it," said Diane Demain, a nurse educator from Greenwich Hospital. 

"My grandmother, who was never exposed to the sun, got melanoma in her toe. They removed the toe, but she never went back to the doctor for three years. It showed up in her head an after three months, she passed," said YMCA member Catalia Yturralde. 

Now, Yturralde takes every precaution she possibly can to protect herself from the sun. 

"I go every year to the doctor and I put sunscreen on. It's really, really important. You yourself have to check every change in your moles and freckles, because nobody knows better than you do about what changes in your body," Yturralde said.

Other precautions include wearing hats and sunglasses, and covering skin that will be exposed to the sun for long periods of time. 

"If they do see something at the dermatologist, they can take care of it. It's not that hard- sometimes it's just a matter of scraping it off. I don't want people to be afraid of that. They should see a dermatologist and get it taken care of," Demain said.

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