Melanoma Awareness Month

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- St. Mary's Hospital is showing people damage the sun has done to their skin with a UV camera. It's all for Melanoma Awareness Month.

The first of many free events around the valley this month was Friday at the Rec Center in Fruita. They're hoping to raise awareness and educate people as the summer months approach.

"So by showing people the sun damage on their face with the UV camera, hopefully, that's a teachable moment and they'll maybe change their behaviors in the sun and wear a hat, wear sunscreen or watch when they're outside and just be more mindful of protecting their skin and preventing skin cancer," said Debra Hesse, volunteer, St. Mary's Cancer Center.

The next free UV camera event is on Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet in Grand Junction.