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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 3:54 pm

Two outreach clinics for downwinders are scheduled to take place in Millard and Sevier counties this year.

The first is set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 17-19, in Fillmore; and the second is slated for Richfield in May or June.

Hosted by Dixie Regional Medical Center, the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program clinics are free of charge and open to the public.

The term downwinder is used to describe the more than 60,000 people who were exposed to radioactive fallout in southern Utah during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, according to Becky Barlow, RESEP project director.

Barlow encourages patients who are interested in attending a clinic to call for an appointment.

"All patients who qualify as downwinders, onsite participants or uranium workers are encouraged to come to the clinics, especially those who live in Millard, Sevier, Piute or Beaver counties," Barlow said.

RESEP is designed to aid individuals potentially affected by the nuclear testing, according to Barlow. She said these individuals are at a greater risk for leukemia, lymphoma, breast and thyroid cancers.

The program can provide free cancer screenings, follow-up services and referrals to the appropriate physicians, Barlow said. She said the clinic also helps eligible individuals receive compensation from the government through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

For more information, call (435) 251-2875.

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