Vail Valley: Cancer screenings planned in Edwards
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The Vail Valley’s Shaw Regional Cancer Center in will offer screenings for melanoma and other cancers Saturday in Edwards.
Free screenings for skin, breast, cervical, prostate and head and neck cancers will be available by appointment. Those interested should call ahead to see if any appointments are left.
For $40, people can get their blood drawn at the event. Medical professionals will check for anemia and signs of blood disorders, along with information related to nutrition and thyroid function. For men over 50, the blood draw will test for prostate cancer.
“We are not just here to treat people with cancer,” Shaw Center Dietitian Melaine Hendershott said. “It’s our goal that the community would be able to benefit from cancer education awareness, prevention and early detection services.”
Those who do not have appointments can attend a health fair with various vendors. For instance, attendees can fill out a questionnaire about their family medical history, and consult with a genetic counselor. The cancer center’s exercise physiologist will be on hand to determine body fat percentages, measure waist circumferences and take blood pressures. People can also pick up a screening kit for colon cancer and mail their samples back to the cancer center.
The cancer center has been holding skin cancer screenings for about nine years. In October, the center expanded the event to include other types of screenings and health information. About 140 people got their blood drawn at that event, and 60 people received skin cancer screenings.
“We did find two melanomas,” Hendershott said.
The cancer center plans to hold the screening event twice a year, once each spring and fall. This coming year, the center plans to organize similar events in Aspen, Leadville and Steamboat Springs.