Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Loyola Takes to the Links to Screen for Skin Cancer

MAYWOOD, Ill.  – Golfers may have more than just their short game or backswing to worry about this summer. They also may be at risk for skin cancer, according to dermatologists at Loyola University Health System (LUHS).

“Golfers spend a significant amount of time outdoors under the sun,” said Rebecca Tung, MD, director, Division of Dermatology, LUHS. “Extended exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays places this group at risk for developing skin cancer, particularly on areas of the body that aren’t covered, such as the arms, neck and ears."

Loyola dermatologists are taking steps to protect area golfers and members of the community through a free skin cancer screening from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 29, at Cress Creek Country Club, at 1215 Royal Saint George Drive in Naperville. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in the boardroom of the main clubhouse.

Many golfers are men over the age of 50. Men are more likely to be diagnosed and to die from melanoma than women in the same age group, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The American Cancer Society reports that more than 48,500 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in men this year and that 6,300 will die of it compared with 32,000 new cases in women with 3,200 dying.

“While women are more likely to get screened for skin cancer, we hope that hosting our screening at the course will make it more convenient for men and women to get checked,” Dr. Tung said.

Loyola dermatologists also hope to raise awareness about sun safety for golfers. They recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily and reapplying it every two hours while on the course. They also suggest wearing protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved shirt and pants. They also recommend playing golf early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is not at its peak.

“A skin cancer screening makes for a great Father’s Day gift,” Dr. Tung said. “We hope everyone will remind the men in their life to get a skin check. This five-minute screening can be a life-saver."

Appointments are required for the skin cancer screening. To schedule an appointment, call (630) 355-7300 ext. 16.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.