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Free skin cancer screening set for Saturday

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - It might not be something many people think about this time of year, but now is exactly the time to get checked for skin cancer. Experts encourage those with limited access to healthcare to do so at a free clinic this weekend.

The screening, run in partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System, takes place at the Onalaska Mayo Clinic facility on Theater Rd. on Saturday, Jan. 25. From 8 am until 12 noon, anyone can get screened for skin cancer.

Those who want a screening should call 608-392-5844 to set up an appointment. A free shuttle will also run between La Crosse and the Onalaska Clinic for those who need transportation.

Dr. Michael White, a Mayo dermatologist, said he encourages those who work extensively outdoors during the warmer months, like farmers or construction workers, and those with limited access to healthcare to make this screening a priority.

White added that it's easier for people with more robust health coverage to get a skin cancer screening at their convenience. Still, White encourages everyone to screen their skin regularly to catch what he calls a highly-preventable cancer.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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