Edison, NJ – The Edison Public Library Foundation along with Saint Peter’s University Health Services hosted a seminar this week at the Edison Main Library aimed at educating residents on the dangers of sun damage to the skin and the importance of staying hydrated.

“It’s summertime, people spend a lot of time outdoors and we just want to remind people number one to put sunscreen on, and we want to remind them to put sunscreen on a couple times a day,” said Betty Ching’seto, a nurse from Saint Peter’s University Hospital- Community health services department.

DermaScan Screening, a test that uses a special light to show skin damage that is not visible to the naked eye,  was available to residents attending the seminar. 

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The machine is a little larger than a computer monitor. Using an  ultraviolet light, the device reveals the condition of the skin and where sun damage has occurred. This damage is usually caused by excessive sun exposure or  dehydration. 

This screening is significant on educating one on how to prevent sun damage which can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.

Cindy Lira, a public health intern with Saint Peter’s Community Health Services discussed the importance of hydration. “I’m doing some data collection and my project is to increase the knowledge of hydration within Middlesex County, especially in the senior population since dehydration is a big issue that results in a lot of hospitalizations each year, but it is something preventable.”