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Free screening day at new cancer center

If you’re the least bit worried about your health, and especially your cancer risk, consider heading to the the new Regional Cancer Center at Mary Washington Hospital on Sept. 17.

At a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can get screened for health problems including skin cancer, breast cancer, high blood pressure and peripheral vascular disease.

The list of screenings, informational discussions and other activities–including the chance to visit with a trained therapy dog–is extensive. American Cancer Society representatives will be on hand, and you can find out about your risk of developing lung cancer, colon cancer and other conditions.

Those wanting to have a mammogram during the fair should bring their insurance card (if they have insurance). “Mammograms are the only screenings that individuals will need their insurance cards for,” Deborah Morris, of Mary Washington Healthcare, said in an email. “For the uninsured, their service is covered in accordance with our usual financial assistance policy. That policy is explained in detail to them when they go for service.”

Speakers at the event include Kelly Corrigan, an author and cancer survivor, and Darrell Green, the speedy former Washington Redskins player.

The event will take place in and around the new radiation oncology building, at 1300 Hospital Drive on the Mary Washington Hospital campus in Fredericksburg. Registration is not required.