MURRAY – With the number of Utahns being diagnosed with skin cancer continuing to rise steadily over the past decade, Intermountain Medical Center is holding a free cancer screening clinic on May 8 to help detect these cancers as early as possible.
The free clinic is for uninsured or underinsured Utahns who have limited access to screenings. It will be held at the Jon and Karen Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Center at Intermountain Medical Center, 5131 South Cottonwood Street (150 West), in Murray from 4 to 8 pm on May 8. Appointments may be made by calling the cancer center at 801-507-3800.
“The free skin cancer screening clinics will help us educate the public about skin cancer,” says Marc Sanders, MD, a dermatologist at Intermountain Memorial 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.”
More than one million new cases of skin cancer in the United State are diagnosed each year. Melanoma rates for young adults continues to soar.
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 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 the earliest, most treatable stage.