Kewanee Hospital, Relay fight cancer
- Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 14:59
- Written by Jim Nowlan
Dr. Dan Congreve told an audience gathered Tuesday by Kewanee Hospital and the Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, that to protect against skin cancer people should limit exposure to the sun, cover up skin, wear a wide-brim hat and wrap-around sunglasses, and use SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.
In a breakfast meeting at the hospital, surgeon Congreve noted that one million new cases of skin cancer occur annually in the U.S. and almost 70,000 will be diagnosed with dangerous melanoma skin cancer.
Congreve observed that sun protection factor (SPF) 15 is as much as is needed, so long as it is reapplied from time to time, and that high ratings of SPF do not really add much additional protection. He also noted that SPF lotions lose their power over time and should be replaced each year.
The cancer awareness breakfast also provided screenings of possible facial skin problems for attendees as well as information about cancer detection.
Carrie Trent-Newman of ACS is the daughter and grandaughter of Tom Trent and the late Ernie and Marge Trent all formerly of Toulon.
Former Toulon residents Brenda and Jerry Muckey, now of Kewanee, are leaders of the Henry-Stark Relay for Life program, which raises money to put on educational programs and also to support wig banks, the Hope Lodges (nearest one in Iowa City), transportation for patients, 24-hour information services and other programs by the American Cancer Society.