Hundreds of Soldier Field 10 Mile competitors will receive free skin cancer checks Saturday, according to a press release from Loyola Medicine.
In less than two minutes, Loyola University Medical Center dermatology division director Rebecca Tung and her 14 staff members will scan the runners’ skin; they will be looking for suspicious moles and other potential skin cancer indications.
“Runners are outdoors for extended periods of time with exposed flesh and many are not aware of their potential for skin cancer,” said Dr. Tung. “Loyola is active in offering free skin checks at area races to further education and awareness in those who are especially vulnerable.”
In fact, Dr. Tung found skin cancer on a participant at a different race last year, and was fortunately able to treat his condition.
There are three million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year, and while it is one of the most common forms of cancer, it is also the most treatable if detected early, according to WebMD.
Dr. Tung advises that those who frequently run outdoors wear a hat, sunscreen and protective lip balm. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially focusing on the scalp, nose and ears.
“Try and avoid outdoor activity between noon and 2 pm when the sun is strongest,” said Dr. Tung.
The skin cancer checks will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday inside Soldier Field.