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C.A.R.E. Fair takes a proactive approach to help educate and save lives

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Cancer: it's an illness you or someone you know has probably been affected by. A local hospital spent the day educating people on how to detect it's symptoms and signs, hoping the proactive approach will help save lives.

Donna Lee, a participant of the skin screening, said, "I'm sure glad I went."

A cancer awareness fair educated the public about how to detect, protect and help others who have an illness. 

Kaye Holt, a nurse practioner at Mayo Clinic Health System, said, "Sun exposure is the number one cause for skin cancer and repeated exposure and sun burns increase your risk for skin cancer." Lee said, "I've had cancer on my nose, and I have a spot on my nose right now that I was kind of concerned about. And she told me to go have it checked."

 A simple screening that can be a step towards saving your life. Lee said, "She just told me to watch any spots that change or different in color, or if they get raised."

Holt said, "Skin cancer screening is especially important, especially if you have any history of skin cancer in your family or if you have a certain skin type like a very fair skin, if you've got reddish hair, blue eyes or green eyes can increase your chance for skin cancer."

Annette Bartilson, a medical assistant Mayo Clinic Health System, said, "The tip is prevention and if we can start there first, then it can be very helpful to you in the future."

Aside from skincare at the fair, people were busy signing up to be bone marrow donors.

Jaime Owens, from Eau Claire, applied to be on the National Marrow Donor Program. "Just to be able to help someone in need and hopefully be a match for somebody that needs it. It's a good cause, and people should get out and do it," she said.

Holt said, "So most often, you would want a match to be a donor from your family, like a sibling but if you don't have a match, the National Marrow Donor Program is very good about finding a match."

Shannara Faupl, a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System, said, "12,000 patients every year, their only hope for cure is through a bone marrow or core blood transplant."

Bartilson said, "70% of the people do not have a match of their own family. That's why if you get on the registry, you can save someone's life very easily."

Other topics featured at the fair included, tracking family health history and plans for weight management.

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