Lafayette dermatologist Dr. Ronnie Daigle says here in Louisiana our work and recreation creates risk factors for skin cancer.

We have more sunny days than rainy ones, which makes Sportsman's Paradise a breeding ground for melanoma.

For those of us who spend a lot of time in the Louisiana sun, without taking proper precautions, we may be more vulnerable to melanoma and sarcoma., Daigle told Rob and Bernie on Acadiana's Morning News.

Other skin cancer risk factors include light eyes, light hair, fair skin and older age.

Though it takes a medical professional to diagnose skin cancer, you can screen yourself for any warning signs. Daigle said any lesions on your skin that stand out as different need to be observed by a dermatologist.

The 5th Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening will be held this Saturday (May 14) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic(1317 Jefferson Street). The event will be held on a first-come, first-served basis, but you can RSVP at