Women’s Dermatologic Society to Offer Skin Cancer Screenings

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Play Safe in the Sun Program at Tour des Fleurs 10k/20k

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Skin screenings take just a few minutes, and can potentially save your life.

The Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) award-winning Play Safe in the Sun Program is set to participate at the Tour des Fleurs 10k/20k, a nonprofit race that fully supports the Dallas Arboretum, a nonprofit organization, in Dallas, TX. Event co-chairs, Drs. Lisa Pruett, Elizabeth Wilder and Priya Zeikus, will join dozens of local volunteers to provide free skin cancer screenings, sun damage assessments, sun safety education & materials, and complimentary sunscreen samples to runners and attendees.

Marathon running has surged in popularity in the recent years, and people have never been more in motion. Outdoor running increases exposure to ultraviolet radiation, a carcinogen that promotes skin cancer. Studies show that marathon runners are at increased risk of melanoma, and only half may be adequately protecting themselves with proper clothing and sunscreen.

“We are thrilled to be offering such an important service to the runners that are supporting our beautiful Dallas Arboretum. Just as much as it is important to be able to enjoy this Dallas landmark, it is also so important to protect our skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation while doing it. Skin screenings take just a few minutes, and can potentially save your life.” – Dr. Lisa Pruett.

According to the American Cancer Society, exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light is a risk factor for all types of skin cancer. Successfully managing the risk factor alone could prevent more than three million cases of skin cancer each year. Our goal is to raise awareness among the running community that prolonged outdoor running requires special attention to sun safety. Early detection saves lives.

Event Details:
Location: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Address: 8525 Garland Rd. | Dallas, TX 75218
Date(s): September 17, 2016
Times: 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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