Our Brochure »Pay Now »

Skin Cancer Screenings Go Mobile

May 16, 2018

As we move into the warmer months of spring and summer, older adults may be spending more time outside. That means it’s time to start thinking about protecting them from too much sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. One way to protect your loved one from skin cancer is to make certain they have a regular screening. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a good time to schedule that exam. The good news is that if you live in certain areas, your aging relative may be able to get their screening for free.Senior Care in Santa Cruz CA: Skin Cancer Screenings Senior Care in Santa Cruz CA: Skin Cancer ScreeningsFree Mobile Screenings.People are more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer as they age. However, when skin cancer is caught early, it is nearly always curable. All people should be checked for skin cancer at least once per year. If they are at a higher risk, experts recommend being screened every six months. Check with your aging relative’s doctor to find out how often they should be professional screened. The Skin Cancer Foundation has started a program to bring skin cancer education and free screenings to people across the country through the use of a mobile exam room. The effort is called Destination: Healthy Skin. They will stop in 15 cities across the nation. The schedule is:
  • New York – May 15-17
  • Virginia Beach, Va. – May 20
  • Nashville, Tenn. – May 27-28
  • Atlanta – June 2-4
  • Miami – June 9-11
  • Houston – June 17-19
  • Dallas – June 22-24
  • Burbank, Calif. – June 29-July 1
  • Seattle – July 8-9
  • Richland, Wash. – July 12
  • Denver – July 17-19
  • Kansas City, Kan. – July 22-25
  • Chicago – July 28-30
  • Indianapolis – Aug. 3-5
  • Boston – Aug. 10-12
  To find out just where in the city Destination: Healthy Skin will be, visit their website at destinationhealthyskin.org and click on “2018 Schedule” at the top of the page.  Checking for Changes at Home.In addition to a professional screening at least yearly, doctors recommend that people check their own skin at least once a month. Look for moles that have grown or changed, new moles, and spots that look unusual or irregular in shape. It can be difficult for older adults to check their own bodies, especially if they have mobility problems. A senior care provider can assist them by checking the skin on their backs, lower legs, or other areas that are hard to see. A senior care provider can also drive the older adult to the doctor for their annual screening. And, if your aging relative lives in a city that will be visited by Destination: Healthy Skin, a senior care provider can drive them to the event.

If you or your loved one is looking for senior care in Santa Cruz, CA, please call Familiar Surroundings Home Care.

Santa Clara County: (408) 979-9990

San Mateo County: (650) 353-9777

Santa Cruz County: (831) 480-3990


Tags:Senior Care in Santa Cruz CA