(Torrington, CT) Your caregivers at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) want to make sure you enjoy summer outdoor activities safety when it comes to fun in the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, over 3.5 million new skin cancer cases are diagnosed annually worldwide and the incidence is expected to continue to increase. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans swill develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer, and to treat skin cancer effectively if it is found.
Simple, yet important, rules to follow this summer to prevent skin cancer include avoiding long exposure to intense sunlight and to practice sun safety. The American Cancer Society suggests that all people seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest and can be most damaging to the skin. In addition, when in the sun, wear a shirt and hat and cover your exposed skin, generously apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher every two hours and wear UVA and UVB-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes and surrounding skin.
If you display symptoms for skin cancer, such as changes in the coloring of the skin, develop growths or see changes in size or color of a mole, it is important to consult a physician immediately.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Center For Cancer Care has expanded the scope and services of its cancer care program in Torrington with the addition of enhanced superficial therapy services used in the treatment of skin cancer. The new service effectively treats skin cancer through the use of a non-invasive therapeutic x-ray procedure with superior outcomes. This innovative piece of technology provides care that is virtually painless, leaves little or no scarring, ensures fast healing and requires no downtime after the procedure. Superficial radiation therapy has proven to be an impactful means of treating skin cancer, with a cure rate higher than 95%. The insurance industry widely accepts this procedure for reimbursement.
For more information, contact the Center For Cancer Care at 860-489-6718.
The Center for Cancer Care is an affiliation of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital Torrington that provides the most advanced cancer detection, treatment and prevention methods available today to those affected by cancer in northwest Connecticut. The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org