Concerned about unsightly or painful veins in your legs? Pen Bay Surgery is hosting a free varicose vein screening Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Screenings are by appointment only and will be held at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus. There are 18 reservations currently available. Call Pen Bay Surgery at 593-5744 for more information or to make an appointment.

Varicose veins are caused by venous reflux or venous insufficiency, a condition that develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of the legs become damaged or diseased. More than 25 million Americans suffer from severe varicose veins, which can cause pain, swelling, fatigue and disfigurement. Half of all seniors, including two-thirds of women over 60 years old, will experience the condition at some point. Heredity, pregnancy, obesity and careers requiring extended standing, like nursing and teaching, are the primary risk factors. Complications may include leg ulcers and dangerous blood clots.

For more information about varicose vein treatment at Pen Bay Surgery, call 593-5737 or visit