Free skin clinic in honor of skin cancer awareness month

Amy Gouley

Rosario Skin Clinic and Amy Gouley, PA-C, will be offering a free skin check clinic at Orcas Family Health Center on Wednesday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“May is melanoma awareness month,” said Gouley. “The skin is the largest organ of our body, and this region has the highest rate of melanoma in Washington state.”

Gouley specializes in medical, surgical, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. The clinic is available for kids and adults. To make an appointment, call 376-7778.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun (and tanning booths) is the primary cause of skin cancer. The most dangerous kind is called melanoma. The good news if that it’s caught earlier, it can often be treated and cured.

Gouley, who was named Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Fun and Fearless Female” in 2014, also runs her own nonprofit Project Happy Face, which is dedicated to helping teens with skin problems. The organization provides free acne treatments and medications to “elevate self esteem and confidence in developing young adults.”

Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, planning to seek a degree at university, have a 3.0 GPA, be involved in an extracurricular activity, exemplify compassion for community involvement and make a pledge to better society. For more information, go to http://projecthappyface.org/.

“It is very important to impact your community in a way that fosters young people to recognize the same qualities of giving back to their community,” Gouley said. “So when I realized I could treat their acne and mentor them and sign a contract to give back, it worked out perfectly.”