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Hot Springs, Ark. – May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
Skin cancer can affect anyone, but when caught early it is treatable. Skin cancer
can be classified as Actinic Keratoses (AK) which are precancerous growths that appear
as dry, scaly patches or spots. These include the most common form - Basal Cell Carcinoma
(BCC); Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC); or Melanoma, which is the deadliest form of
skin cancer. BCCs can form anywhere, but are usually found on the head, neck and
arms. These appear as flesh-colored bumps or pink patches of skin and develop after
frequent exposure to the sun or indoor tanning. SCCs are the second most common type
of skin cancer and appear as red firm bumps, scaly patches, or as sores that heal
and then re-open. SCCs can be found on areas that get a lot of sun exposure such
as the face, neck, arms, chest, back, and the rim of the ears. Melanoma might appear
suddenly as a new dark spot or in an already existing mole.
The good news is skin cancer is preventable. Follow these guidelines to help reduce
Performing regular self-examinations or by seeing your doctor regularly, you can spot
changes in your skin that can help detect skin cancer. Skin cancers that are found
and removed early are usually curable. For more information, contact the Garland County
Extension Office at 623-6841 or 922-4703, email Jessica at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email email@example.com.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal
By Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal
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participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension
office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity