LACONIA, NH – The Oncology team and LRGHealthcare Dermatologist Dr. Abdulhameed Alrajhi of the Laconia Clinic, hosted a free skin screening clinic at Lakes Region General Hospital. The clinic, which welcomed local community members was made possible due to a very generous $5,000 donation from the Cascade Spa at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith.
Each holiday season, the Cascade Spa hosts a 'Spalidays' event at Church Landing, drawing hundreds of attendees for a chic two day celebration which features select product vendors from around the country who showcase their spa lines and to share with guests the benefits of spa services on personal health and well-being. Guests enjoy mini spa services, receive great discounts and gifts, and walk away with an invaluable education.
This past winter’s event focused on skin cancer and early detection. At the Spalidays luncheon Dr. Ted Capron spoke on the importance of regular skin cancer screenings, early detection, and taking measures to avoid overexposure to ultraviolet sunlight. An educational booth manned by LRGH Oncology staff offered guests a hands-on opportunity to try out a special technology that revealed healthy, or sun damaged skin. Guests were also invited to participate in a future free skin screening clinic.
“We are so grateful to all of our guests who joined us for Spalidays this past winter,” stated Martha Zyla, Cascade Spa Director. “The Cascade Spa has been kicking off the holidays with Spalidays for the past eight years but the past two years have been extra special since we’ve been able to support important local programs at LRGHealthcare.”
“The timing of the LRGH Skin Screening Clinic was perfect,” explained LRGHealthcare Clinical Trials Coordinator Dawn Coleman. “May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. According to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration and NH Department of Health and Human Services, skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, with many of the cases being linked to overexposure to ultraviolet sunlight and indoor tanning equipment.”
The same source cites: “One in five people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. New Hampshire is one of the few states with a melanoma incidence rate higher than the national average. Men over 50 in New Hampshire are at an increased risk for developing melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.”
“We are incredibly grateful to Martha Zyla, everyone at Cascade Spa and Mill Falls, the many vendors, local businesses and guests who helped to make this year’s Spalidays such a heartwarming and very successful event,” added LRGHealthcare Vice President of Clinical Support Services Marge Kerns.
PHOTO: The Oncology team, and LRGHealthcare Dermatologist Dr. Abdulhameed Alrajhi of the Laconia Clinic, hosted a free skin screening clinic at Lakes Region General Hospital.
Pictured (left to right): LRGHealthcare Clinical Trials Data Manager Susan McGarry; LRGHealthcare Hematology/Oncology Clinical Nurse Nancy Yaeger; LRGHealthcare Clinical Trials Coordinator Dawn Coleman; Director of the Cascade Spa Martha Zyla; and LRGHealthcare Vice President of Clinical Support Services Marge Kerns.