Free screening for women at Kish hospital

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – Beth Hansen didn’t expect to learn she had skin cancer after being screened at KishHeath’s annual This One’s for the Girls event last year.

But after having a worrisome skin spot check at the event, she was encouraged to have a spot on her forehead examined.

Hansen, 51, of DeKalb, put an examination off for about a month until a member of the oncology department called to find out if she had followed up with the spot. That’s when she decided to go to her dermatologist, who diagnosed her with a common type of skin cancer that easily spreads.

She was able to have the cancer removed before it spread, which she credits to the free skin spot check.

“I would encourage all women to go early and sign up for the spot check,” Hansen said. “Without Kish contacting me, I would never have gotten it checked out. And with cancer, the sooner you get it checked out the better.”

Kishwaukee Hospital will host This One’s for the Girl’s event from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday where women can take advantage of free health screenings, education and fun.

Women attending the event should enter through the main door of the hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, off of Route 23, where they will be asked to register and receive a free bag. They then will be directed to the lower garden level where they will find 20 booths from hospital departments and other entities.

The skin spot check booth requires an additional registration because of the number of women interested.

“It’s an easy screening for the women and something people don’t always think to check,” KishHealth System’s Senior Communications and Public Relations Specialist Allison Bryan said.

Other popular screenings include high blood pressure and blood glucose testing where health educators will be able to talk to attendees about their next steps based on the screening results.

Body mass index measurements, blood oxygen level assessments, breast self-exam education, sleep apnea risk screening, depression risk screenings and more will be available. The free event also has snacks, giveaways and prizes.

“Women don’t always take the time to take care of themselves,” Bryan said. “This is a great opportunity for them to do that and also have some fun.”

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