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Important screening update

For those planning to attend Saturday’s health fair at the Regional  Cancer Center at Mary Washington Hospital, here are two important new details, shared today by Mary Washington Healthcare:

The skin cancer screening being offered Saturday is not a full-body exam. Instead, the screening involves the use of a light to detect sun damage on the face, plus an assessment to help identify overall skin cancer risk.

Mammograms require an appointment. Please call 540/741-9729 if you’d like to get one during the fair, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As I noted in an earlier blog post about the event, people getting mammograms need to bring their insurance cards (if they have insurance). Among the many screenings taking place that day, mammograms are the only ones requiring payment/insurance coverage.

“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,” said an email from Deborah Morris, of Mary Washington Healthcare.

Here’s more about what’s happening during the event: You can get screened for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, peripheral vascular disease, breast cancer and many other conditions. You can also have your weight and body mass index measured, and undergo a heel scan for osteoporosis.

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.

The fair will take place in and around the new radiation oncology building at 1300 Hospital Drive on the hospital campus in Fredericksburg. Registration is not required, except to get a mammogram.