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Free skin cancer screenings offered in Pinellas

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Skin cancer will affect more than one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed annually. With an average of 361 days of sunshine in the Tampa Bay area every year, it makes sense to pay attention to changes in our skin.

There are many different types of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the most common, but melanoma is the most deadly. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for BCC and SCC is about 95 percent. Melanoma also has a high cure rate when detected early.

During Melanoma Monday, a nationwide campaign to encourage early detection and raise awareness of skin cancers, the community can take advantage of free skin cancer screenings provided by two health care organizations in North Pinellas.

Morton Plant Mease physicians and other health care practitioners will provide free screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B of Morton Plant Mease Hospital's Cheek Powell Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Wear loose-fitting clothing to the screening. The examination is limited to exposed skin only. To register, call (727) 953-6877. Visit mpmhealth.com.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas invites the community to take part in free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to noon at the Surgical Institute on the hospital campus, 1501 U.S. Alt. 19 S, Suite T, Tarpon Springs. Surgical oncologist Dr. Douglas S. Reintgen and director of oncology Rosemary Giuliano will host the event. Reservations are not required, and walk-ins are welcome and encouraged. For more information, call (727) 934-6797.

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Sprouts, often used in raw food diets, have nutritional benefits and can be eaten raw or cooked. Learn to grow your own at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The class is free. Call (727) 443-6703. Visit naturesfoodpatch.com.

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Join some of the area's leading physicians from Morton Plant Mease for a women's health panel discussion featuring an interactive question-and-answer session on health issues including gynecology, breast health, oncology, gastroenterology and neurology at noon Thursday at Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. The event is free. Call (727) 940-2776 or visit baycareevents.org.

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Plants have been used for healing purposes since before recorded history. Ancient cultures used herbs to cure ailments and research has discovered that people in different parts of the world utilized the same or similar plants for the same purposes. A presentation on the healing powers of herbs and how they can promote better health will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. Recipes to treat common ailments will be offered, and attendees can sample herbal teas at this free event. Registration is preferred. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.

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Take part in Hog Hustle, a 5K, chip-timed run along scenic Edgewater Drive and through historic downtown Dunedin. The event commemorates the renaming of Hog Island to Caladesi Island. The run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. A pancake breakfast is included. Advance registration is $20; $25 after May 8. Call (727) 812-4530. Visit dunedingov.com.

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The Clearwater Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. Live captions are provided. Admission is free. Call (727) 724-1525.

Mail health news to Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite A, Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 441-4119; or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

Free introductory yoga class

Yoga is more than just stretching. It's also about creating balance in the body by developing strength and flexibility through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. Get started with a free introductory class at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. Call (727) 943-4922.

Free skin cancer screenings offered in Pinellas 05/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 3:39pm]
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