NEW BERN, N.C. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says North Carolina has one of the highest incident rates of skin cancer in the country.
For the 18th year, The CarolinaEast Health System offered a free skin cancer screening Saturday where doctors continued to promote the importance of early detection.
Participants say this experience shed new light on sun safety.
"Even driving in the car, you have to be careful, the side of your face, the sun coming in, and that's something I didn't realize," said Havelock resident Lisa Croom.
Dr. Todd Nelson, of Eastern Dermatology and Pathology, says no mater what your age, try to schedule a screening each year.
"Although skin cancer rates are much lower in children, they still do occur, and it's just such an easy exam to perform because the skin is the only organ on the body that you can see," said Nelson.
CarolinaEast Health System reports doctors screened more than 100 people at the event and at least 16 need further evaluation.