St. Louis Dermatological Society, American Academy of Dermatology, and American Cancer Society team up against most common cancer
Nine area hospitals and medical centers will host this year’s annual free skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 11. Groups including the St. Louis Dermatological Society, American Academy of Dermatology, and American Cancer Society are coordinating the event, which aims to screen more than 1,000 area residents for the single most common form of cancer: skin cancer.
The program includes a free, total body skin examination in a private exam room. Those needing treatment will be referred to a dermatologist if they do not already have one. The screening only takes about five minutes with the doctor, and an estimated 20 minutes total at the screening center. Twenty minutes that could be life-saving by detecting a cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.
“This is a great opportunity for the dermatologists involved to provide a community service for patients who otherwise would not have their skin examined,” said Dr. Lee Portnoff, Dermatologic Surgeon at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and coordinator of the annual program. “Since the program’s inception in St. Louis in 1985, we’ve detected several thousand skin cancers, some of which might have been fatal had they not been found at an early stage.”
Facilities hosting free screenings include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital’s Siteman Cancer Center, Saint Louis University Hospital Des Peres, Saint Louis University Anheuser Busch Institute, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Clare Health Center, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.
Appointments fill quickly, but can still be made by calling the following facilities:
St. Anthony’s Medical Center: Cancer Care Center
9:00-1:00, Call 314-ANTHONY / 314-268-4669
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
9:00-12:00, Call 314-251-6400
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital: Siteman Cancer Center
9:00-1:00, Walk-ins only, First come, first served
SLUCare Des Peres: Department of Dermatology
8:00-12:00, Call 314-977-4440
SLUCare Anheuser Busch Institute: Department of Dermatology
8:00-12:00, Call 314-977-4440
St. Luke’s Hospital
8:00-12:00, Register online at http://www.stlukes-stl.com or call 314-542-4848
St. Clare Health Center
8:00-12:00, Call 636-755-3034
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Every year more than one million cases of basal cell or squamous cell cancers occur. Most, but not all, of these forms of skin cancer are highly curable. Nationwide this American Academy of Dermatology program has screened over 2.1 million people and detected more than 206,500 suspicious lesions, including more than 23,500 suspected melanomas.
Monthly self-skin checks are also important. People should be familiar with their pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles and other marks on their skin to notice any changes. Have a doctor look at any moles or spots on the skin that are changing in size, shape or color. Be sure to promptly point out any unusual sore, lump, blemish, marking, or change in the way the skin looks or feels.
For more information on skin cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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