PLOVER, WI (WTAQ) - At least 12 people were found to have melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, after they were screened at last week's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.
Over 600 people took advantage of screenings arranged by the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic. Two dozen doctors joined 10 farm center staffers and others in conducting the tests, held at the state's largest farm show near Plover.
Outreach specialist Tammy Ellis said the goal is to make it as easy as possible for farmers to take advantage of the screenings. She said some farmers had not been screened for skin cancer since the last two Farm Technology shows in Marathon County in 2011, and Clark County in 2005.
Nationally, health experts say 76,000 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed this year -- and about 9,700 people will die from the disease.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)