More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year, and the incidence of melanoma has been steadily increasing for the past 30 years — which is why Intermountain Medical Center in Murray is holding a free skin cancer screening clinic.
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 & Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jon and Karen Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Center at Intermountain Medical Center, 5131 South Cottonwood Street (150 West) in Murray, 3rd floor
Appointments: Call 801-507-3800
“The free skin cancer screening clinics will help us educate the public about skin cancer,” says Rustin Ross, MD, a dermatologist at the Intermountain Salt Lake Clinic. “One of the keys to successful treatment of melanoma and the other types of skin cancer is early detection. With skin cancer on the rise, it’s very important that everybody be screened.”
The warning signs of skin cancer and melanoma, which is its most dangerous form, typically include a change in size, shape, or color of a mole, spot, or other skin growth, including changes in the elevation of a mole that used to be flat. Other symptoms include changes in the surface of a mole or surrounding skin (scaling, crusting, redness, swelling, etc.) and uncomfortable sensations including itching or burning.
The free skin cancer screening is offered to the community for those who are uninsured or underinsured and have limited access to screenings. The free skin cancer screening clinic is being sponsored in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology’s Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program during May, which is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
The purpose of the free skin cancer screening is to increase understanding of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection, and most importantly, to save lives by finding melanomas in their earliest, most treatable stage.