Senior Games’ health fair advocates wellness, including skin cancer screenings

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The Senior Games celebrate people being active but also promote wellness for the body, inside and out. A health fair featuring medical advocates among the games provide COVID vaccines, Medicare info, and skin cancer screenings to the public for free.

Even if participants think they’re okay, they find a prize in taking care of themselves with professionals.

“My wife takes a look at my back. I’ve got one itchy spots so she’s checks that. Everything which is fine, according to the doctor here.” Western Colorado Senior Games Participant Lee Beavers shares, “You’re foolish if you don’t (get checked out) up here. With the sun the way it is you got to keep checking.”

While beating the heat is a goal, protecting your health and body is a priority to some.

“Being active and outside is always recommended by health and medical experts but without the proper use of sun protection your chances grow with getting skin cancer over gaining vitamin D,” Cora Dickey reports, “If you have a changing spot on any part of your body, get it checked out.”

Between sun exposure and high altitude in the Grand Valley, officials from Regenesis Dermatology confirm it’s very important to get your skin checked. Using sunscreen along with sun protective clothing help prevent skin cancer.

According to Dermatologist Dr. Kappius, sun protection is prescribed to all ages as early as possible.

“It really is best to start early because that’s when we can do a lot of the prevention often times,” Dr. Rachael Kappius informs, “If you don’t do sun protection early on then we’re playing catch-up once you’re at an older age.”

Dr. Kappius recommends full body checks to start in someone’s thirties but any unusual change in your body should never go unlooked. While the health fair is over, every day is a chance to schedule a medical checkup.

Applying sunscreen is recommended every two hours for maximum protection.

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