Which is the most common type of cancer? My guess was breast cancer but I think that was because breast cancer gets lots of publicity. According to the National Cancer Institute the most common type of cancer is one that is barely on the radar for many people -- skin cancer. The good news is that the screening for skin cancer is easy and painless. Basically, it's a medical professional checking your skin for irregular freckles, moles, sunspots or growths and recommending additional treatment if needed.
Your skin is your largest organ and covers about 22 square feet...that's a lot of space for skin cancer to grow. So why not get it checked? There are two free skin cancer screenings this month. The first is at Geisinger Frackville, 701 West Oak Street on Thursday, May 9 from 1 pm to 3:45 pm. Appointments are required on a first come basis so call now. Call 1-800-275-6401 and when prompted say Dermatology.
The next screening is on Saturday, May 18 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill, E. Norwegian Street. 700 E. Norwegian Street, Pottsville from 9 am to 11 am. Report to the Same Day Surgery reception area for screenings (if using the parking garage elevator take 2H). Appointments are not required.
Sadly, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and has been rising in recent years. With these increases, there is a greater chance that your life will be touched by suicide. On Thursday, May 9 a free program will be be hosted at the McCloskey School of Nursing first floor multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. about suicide prevention. Question. Persuade. Refer will help people recognize when a friend or family member is considering suicide and how to react.
Documentary maker Kevin Hines is shining a light on suicide and the effects that positive actions can have on those touched by it. A free showing of "The Ripple Effect" will be held at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, May 15 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 570-628-2833.
One way to work through your own problems is to help others with theirs. If you want to get involved in the community, why not participate in the Captain Jason B. Jones Memorial Day of Caring on May 10. You can create your own project or help out with something already organized. For more information about the possibilities, contact 570-622-6421 or email@example.com
Speaker Ginger Lawrence, a former US Marine from Texas, speaks about her journey from war and darkness to peace and joy in her talk "Deeply Rooted" at the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" luncheon sponsored by the Pottsville Christian Women's Club. Held at the Grace Evangelical Free Church, 101 Graeff Street, Cressona on May 14 at 11:30 am, the day will also feature a friendship tea, photo booth as well as vendors. Tickets are $15. For reservations call Gale at 570-527-2224 or Michelle at 570-617-3896.
What better way to start out the month of May than with a relaxing hike? Grab your calendar and schedule one or two today!
Sunday, May 5
Fort Dietrich Snyder from 1 pm to 3 pm
Meet at the summit of Route 183 on the Blue Mountain for this 2 mile hike rated easy. Led by John Domalakes, this hike will visit a fort from the French and Indian Wars as well as a spring.
Thurday, May 9
Swatara State Park Wildflower Walk at 10 a.m.
Meet at the Trout Run parking lot off Route 443, Pine Grove for this 8 mile hike rated moderate. Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead this hike for people AND dogs -- as long as they are leashed and dog and people friendly. Bring a lunch and water!
Saturday, May 11
Tower Tunnel Trek from 9 am to 1 pm
Meet at the Joliet Hose Company for this 9 mile hike rated moderate. Led by Sojourner Steve, this hike on a loop will follow the old Good Spring Railroad to see the Tower Colliery workings and East Brookside Shaft location.
Friday, May 17
Long Loop Hike at 10:30 am
Meet at Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road for this 9 mile hike rated moderate. Explore the trails of Tuscarora State Park with naturalist Robin Tracey. Dogs are welcome -- as long as they are leashed and dog and people friendly. Bring a lunch and water!
Saturday, May 18
Bird Walk at 7:30 a.m.
Meet at Locust Lake State Park parking lot for a walk to explore local and migratory birds with birder David Kruel. Shine only. Bring your binoculars but not your dog. Dogs and bird watching just don't mix!
Saturday, May 18
Wolf Creek Falls & Reservoir Hike from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Meet at the east end of the WalMart parking lot for this 7.5 mile hike rated difficult. Led by Robin Tracey, this hike will introduce you to some real treasures. Leashed dogs are welcome if they are friendly with people AND other dogs. Bring a lunch for you and your pooch. You must register for this hike by calling 570-467-2506.
Want a walk that makes a difference?
Join the Sixth Annual Hunger Walk on May 5 at 2 pm. Register for the walk at 1:30 pm at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine Street. Walkers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation to help those who live with food uncertainty. You can also come to the Empty Bowl Dinner at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua on May 15. Starting at 5 pm they will be offering a dinner featuring soups and breads provided by local restaurants. Tickets are $10.