Night Out includes Derma scanner
From the time we’re born we’re exposed to the sun’s rays which can cause skin damage and possibly, skin cancer, said Heidi Henson, CHES, Health Promotion Coordinator for Public Health - Idaho North Central District. She is the featured presenter at the July 19th Ladies Night Out at the St Mary’s Cottonwood Medical Clinic.
“I’ll have a skin analyzer machine so women can see the damage below the skin from sun exposure. We can look at it together and see possible areas of concern. This will, hopefully, raise awareness of the importance of wearing sunscreen and help women locate possible problem areas so they can more closely monitor themselves for signs of cancerous or precancerous activity,” said Henson. “There is no substitute for a complete exam by a health professional to find skin cancer or sun damage, but this may be a first step in that direction.”
Henson will be talking about sun safety for women and their families, the dangers of tanning and tanning booths, how to protect the skin, lips and eyes and other topics relating to summer fun and healthy actions. “I hope young women who use tanning booths will feel free to join us, as well as their moms so, together, they can learn about lifetime habits that will protect them to a ripe old age without looking like they’re overly ripened.”
Free sunscreen packets and other summer goodies will be distributed to all participants. Light summer refreshments prepared by the SMH Dietary Department will add to the evening’s ambiance.
Women wanting a female health exam can schedule one with one of the three SMH health care providers. Appointments can be made by calling the Cottonwood clinic, 962-3267.
Women who are uninsured or underinsured, residents of Idaho County, between the ages of 18 to 49 and who haven’t had a female exam within the past year may qualify for a free exam and mammogram through a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Boise affiliate. Women who have been seen through the program during the past two years can be seen again through the current grant. Females may also be seen at any time in any of the St. Mary’s or Clearwater Valley Hospital clinics. It is not necessary to attend an evening event to qualify for the free exam or mammogram.
Private insurances can also be billed for the exams. All financial arrangements are strictly confidential. Financial counselors are available to discuss payment arrangements. The Women’s Health Check program through the Department of Health and Welfare is another option for qualified low income women. SMHC has information available for that program.
The Ladies Night Out will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All women of all ages are welcome. Sunglasses optional.