April 13, 2016

Holy Family Hospital to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Board-certified Dermatologist David Gruber, MD, from Andover Dermatology, will provide free skin cancer screenings at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen during May, in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr. Gruber recommends screenings for anyone who has experienced unprotected exposure to ultra violet radiation, excessive exposure to ultra violet radiation, severe sunburns as a child, or occupational exposure to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium.

Dr. Gruber also recommends screenings for people with a fair complexion, a family history of skin cancer, multiple moles or atypical moles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with the following risk factors are more likely to develop skin cancer:

  • A lighter natural skin color that burns easily, never tans, or tans minimally
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A personal history of skin cancer
  • Exposure to the sun through work and play
  • A history of sunburns, especially early in life
  • A history of indoor tanning
  • Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Blond or red hair
  • Certain types  of moles or a large number of moles

Free skin cancer screenings with Dr. Gruber will take place Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Holy Family Hospital's ground floor Outpatient Clinic, located at 70 East St., in Methuen, MA.

To schedule your free appointment, please call Holy Family Hospital's DoctorFinder line at 1-800-488-5959.