RANDOLPH, Vt.—The General Surgery team at Gifford Health Care will provide free skin cancer screenings by appointment during a series of four sessions throughout the fall. Open to all Gifford and non-Gifford patients, the private screenings will take place at the following central Vermont locations:
Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Gifford Specialty Care in Randolph
Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Gifford Health Center at Berlin-Specialty Care
Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sharon Health Center
Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Chelsea Health Center
Early skin cancer warning signs can appear on parts of the body that might be difficult to inspect during a self-exam. Gifford’s head-to-toe screenings will be conducted by surgeons Rafael Montecino, MD, and Victoria Edwards, DO, who will identify any areas that need closer examination or monitoring and suggest follow-up treatment if needed.
“We are pleased to offer free skin screenings to members of our community, as early detection is critical to successfully treating skin cancers,” said Montecino. “Screenings are recommended for adults at increased risk, such as older individuals, those with fair skin, people who have a history of sunburns, those who are exposed to UV rays, and individuals who have a family or personal history of skin cancer.”
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, with melanoma being the most dangerous due to its likelihood of spreading if not diagnosed early. Incidence rates continue to rise nationally and in Vermont, and Vermonters, according to the Department of Health, “have significantly higher rates of melanoma (29 per 100,000) compared to the U.S. rates (19.9 per 100,000).”
Gifford general surgeons perform a wide variety of services in addition to the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer. For more information about their upcoming skin cancer screenings and to schedule an appointment, call 802-728-2430. For more information about General Surgery, visit giffordhealthcare.org/service/general-surgery.
Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.