Commission on CancerThe Intermountain Cancer Center at American Fork Hospital and Utah Valley Hospital is recognized nationally for its commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality care from a multi-disciplinary team. The cancer team works closely together to achieve the best outcomes for patients. 

As an accredited cancer program – a designation given by the Commission on Cancer, which is a program of the American College of Surgeons—the Cancer Center conducts annual skin cancer screenings for Utah County residents. Utah ranks No. 1 in the nation for melanoma skin cancer. Catching it, and other skin cancers, early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success. 

In 2018, our skin cancer experts conducted three free skin cancer screenings. Those screened were provided with an overview of their screening results along with educational information on the ABCDEs of melanoma and what to look for when doing self-skin checks. Following the events, cancer team members called those who were screened and given the recommendation to have further workup done to find out if they had 1) followed through, and 2) the results. The results of each screening event are outlined below. 

 

Skin Cancer Screening, Women's Expo, April 28 (Provo)

Total People Screened: 42
Watch 18
Physician Referral 24
Liquid Nitrogen Recommended 2
Biopsy Recommended 4
Full Body Checks 16

One individual was given the recommendation to have further workup done in addition to follow up with a dermatologist or primary care physician. The individual had a biopsy by a dermatologist and the results were negative. 

 

Skin Cancer Screening, May 10 (Utah Valley Cancer Center)

Total People Screened: 25
Watch 1
Physician Referral 14
Liquid Nitrogen Recommended 3
Biopsy Recommended 4
Full Body Checks 17

Five patients were given recommendations to have further workup done in addition to follow up with a dermatologist or primary care physician. Of those five individuals, 1) one person had a biopsy by a dermatologist and the results were negative, 2) two individuals had not yet followed up, but said they would at the time of the phone call, and 3) two individuals gave wrong numbers so no follow up could occur. 

Other patients contacted by phone following the screening event who had been given the recommendation to have a yearly follow up said the screening was beneficial, they appreciated it being offered, and plan to participate again next year. A few callers indicated they would share information with family members to encourage them to be screened. 

 

Skin Cancer Screening, May 10 (American Fork Cancer Center)

Total People Screened: 27
Physician Referral 6
Biopsy Recommended 7
Full Body Checks 14