Free skin cancer screenings promote student health

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    Free head-to-toe skin cancer screenings were available to promote healthy skin care to the university community outside the Brown-Lupton University Union Friday.

    Texas Health Resources Mobile Health Units were parked outside of the BLUU from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Mary Nell Kirk, executive assistant to the chancellor, said she waited her turn in the mobile health unit to be screened for skin cancer.

    It is important for people to be aware, so they can catch things before they get beyond help, Nell Kirk said.

    The nurse practitioner looked at the patient to check for everything that might involve skin cancer.

    “Avoid too much sun, don’t tan in tanning booths, don’t lay out and get tan, avoid getting sunburns, be watchful of your skin [and] take good care of your skin,” Mary Phifer, a Harris Hospital family nurse practitioner, said. “If something looks like it’s changing, growing, looking weird, not healing, anything like that, those are the things we worry about.”

    People should see their healthcare provider if they notice concerns, Phifer said.

    The mobile health units also provided mammograms, well-woman exams, skin cancer screenings, prostate cancer screenings and cardiovascular screenings at other times, she said.

    Karen Bell Morgan, the assistant dean of Campus Life for Health Promotions, and the Alcohol and Drug Education office teamed up to provide the mobile units.

    “This is [Alcohol and Drug Education Center] Safe Spring Break week, so we thought it would be a good tie in for their safe spring break,” Bell Morgan said.

    Texas Health Resources Mobile Health Units will return later in the spring to do more of the skin cancer screenings, Bell Morgan said.