Dana-Farber’s Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Prevention Program visiting local beaches this summer

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s mobile Blum Family Resource Center Van releases summer schedule

Summer is just a few short weeks away. Take steps to stay safe during the warm weather with Dana-Farber’s Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Prevention Program.

The Sun Safety program works to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in Massachusetts by offering free prevention education and free skin cancer screenings to the public in the Blum Family Resource Center Van.

The program uses the mobile Van to bring these free resources to various communities around Boston. This initiative especially targets populations in Massachusetts with a high prevalence and/or incidence of skin cancer, including beachgoers as well as those with higher mortality rates—individuals of color.

The mobile Van is a 39-foot custom-designed vehicle that has a 15-seat classroom and a fully equipped exam room for free skin cancer screenings. All screenings are performed by a board-certified Brigham and Women’s Hospital dermatologist on board the van.

“The majority of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Therefore, it is important that people learn the potentially life-saving prevention and detection strategies that are taught in the mobile Van,” said Blum Van’s medical director, Margaret W. Cavanaugh-Hussey, MD, MPH.

The summer 2018 schedule for the mobile Van is now available online and below:

Wednesday, June 27, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Revere Beach

Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Revere Beach

Monday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Nahant Beach

Friday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Nantasket Beach

Wednesday, August 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Carson Beach

Monday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Nahant Beach

Friday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Wollaston Beach

Wednesday, August 22, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Carson Beach


For more information and scheduling updates, please visit http://www.dana-farber.org/about-us/community-outreach/sun-safety-skin-cancer-prevention/

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