Skin Cancer Prevention

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FREE Skin Cancer Screening

6:30 – 7:30 PM Thursday, May 12, 2016

June E. Nylen Cancer Center

230 Nebraska St., Sioux City, IA

Registration required by calling (712) 279-2507 (ask to register for screening programs) or e-mail

Now, that Spring’s in full swing many of us want to enjoy spending time outdoors.

But, too much sun can be a risk for skin cancer.

Owen Wiederholt owns an escalating business.  He enjoys working in the outdoors.

It would be ’til the sun rose until the sun would go down a lot of times.”
And, Owen’s downtime would also involve sun and fun.

“The weekends we use to have a boat so we would be on the river.”

Ten-years-ago, Owen went to the doctor with a suspicious mole.

Two years later; Stage 4 Melanoma.

“You never think you’re family is going to impacted by this,” said Joan Wiederholt.

Several doctors told him the end was near.

So, the Wisconsin man turned to a clinical trial in Sioux City at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.

“The clinical trial saved my life, or I would be pushing daisies by now,” said Owen Wiederholt.

“The Cancer Center here has fought for this guy for five years.  When it came back in his brain I never seen the work they do for him two years ago,” said Owen’s wife, Joan Wiederholt.

Local experts say most skin cancers don’t have to happen.

“It’s the number one cancer in Iowa. The number one cancer everywhere.  It’s preventable,” Ann Hoeppner, American Cancer Society.

“People don’t realize the sun can go through clothing even on a cloudy day,” said Sue LeGree, June E. Nylen Cancer Center.

The CDC recommends some easy options to try and prevent skin cancer:

Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.

Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.

Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher also with UVA and UVB protection.

And, especially avoid indoor tanning.

“We’re not saying be in the dark.  Just take the right preventative measures.” said Hoeppner.

“Sunscreen is important.  It’s just as important as that shower you take in the morning.  Just follow it up with some generalized sunscreen,” said LeGree.

Owen also makes sure to protect his skin.

“Back when we grew up and when were kids.  I don’t even know if they had sunscreen and stuff.”

Owen did get rid of the boat, but not the job.

He and his wife use the buddy system to check for future cancer threats.

“Watch your body.  We just kind of watch each others.  You don’t know what’s on their back.”

The Wiederholt’s beat the odds and celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with their three children.

“They watched their dad go from well we didn’t think he would have them to being able to live the life we live,” said Joan Wiederholt.

Also, make sure to reapply sunscreen if you sweat or take a dip in the water.


Post by Robin McGinty

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