LAYTON -- Women got a day of pampering while making sure their health was in check on Saturday at the Davis Conference Center.
Intermountain Medical Group sponsored "Girls Day Out," which included free clinical breast exams, cholesterol and glucose screenings, body fat composition and osteoporosis and skin cancer screenings. To top it off, the women were also pampered with free facials, massages, mini-manicures, hair and makeup tips and a few gifts.
"My mom is from out of town and she doesn't have any health insurance, so I brought her here today so she could get all of the screenings she needs," Kristi Whitman said. "I think it's a great event because it brings awareness for women about what we need to be doing to make sure we're healthy."
Mandy Roberts brought her sister, two of her children and a friend to the event.
"We have three generations here which is pretty exciting," she said. "It's been a lot of fun so far. We've only been here 15 minutes and two of us have already realized we're due for a mammogram."
This is the time of year people start thinking about a tan, but skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma is on the rise in Utah, said Lori Ramirez, a board-certified dermatologist in Layton.
"In Utah, the increase of this potentially deadly skin cancer has risen," she said. "Malignant melanoma arises from pigment-producing cells of the body. This form of cancer can be aggressive and spread to other organs from the skin."
The rate for men in Utah has increased from 16.9 percent per 100,000 from 1981-1985 to 25.2 percent per 100,000 from 1996-2000, she said. For women during the same time period, the cancer has increased from 13.7 percent to 16.7 percent.
Risks for developing skin cancer include a history of blistering sunburns, use of indoor tanning, excessive sun exposure, sunny or high-altitude climates, moles, fair skin and the ability to burn easily, family history of melanoma and previous history of skin cancer.
"My youngest patient, without genetic risk factors that I've seen with melanoma was 16 years old," Ramirez said.
A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more is recommended to prevent sunburns, Ramirez said. It will also reduce premature aging and the risk of developing skin cancer. A monthly head-to-toe self-examination is recommended to check for any changes.
Women were also given a bone screening. They placed their foot into a DEXA Scan machine which measures bone mineral density and tells you if you have osteoporosis or are at risk for bone fractures.
Osteoporosis is something women should be aware of, said Dr. Brooke Drollinger, a physician at Ogden Women's Clinic at McKay-Dee Hospital. Most people don't find out they have the disease until they break a bone unexpectedly or during a routine screening.
"The main risk of osteoporosis is that people will break a bone with just a minor fall or sometimes without even falling at all," she said. "For older women this can be especially dangerous."
Drollinger said one of the main things women can do to cut their risk is to not smoke. Menopausal women should make sure they are getting at least 1200 mg of calcium and 800 international units of vitamin D each day. Regular exercise is also key. Young women who go three months or more without a menstrual period should talk to their doctor, as that can also raise the risk for osteoporosis.
Intermountain employee health services director, Terri Anne Flint was a guest speaker at the event. Her talk, "What Resilient Women Know," focused on holistically healing messages. Hilary Weeks, an award winning musician also performed. Cosmetologist's from Avalon School of Cosmetology offered free hair and makeup tips.