Posted In Classes and Events on April 27, 2015
Free skin cancer screenings will be held at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Salisbury on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Another round of free skin screenings will be held at Peninsula Regional Family Medicine Ocean Pines on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment for either location, call 410-543-7006.
The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. Melanoma Monday is an official day of awareness for the most deadly form of skin cancer. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.
“The key to successful treatment of most types of skin cancer is early detection and treatment,” said Thomas M. DeMarco, MD, Medical Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute.
Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and those rates are higher on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away. A survey commissioned by the Academy showed that less than one-third of Americans currently examine their skin for signs of melanoma and more than half don’t know the signs of melanoma. Dermatologists want to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and be fatal.