Free Skin Cancer Screening at Nine St. Louis Area Locations

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.

St. Louis’ Top Employers Partner with American Cancer Society on National Cancer Prevention Study

Company Champions at the CPS-3 press conference on February 19, 2013.

Company Champions at the CPS-3 press conference on February 19, 2013.

Residents in the St. Louis area have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with some of St. Louis’ top employers. UMB Bank, Edward Jones, Centene Corporation, Maritz Holding, Inc., KPMG, Monsanto, and Siteman Cancer Center will be hosting CPS-3 enrollment sites from April 23 – May 2, 2013. Eligibility and enrollment details can be found at cancerstudymo.org.

CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. “Currently, there are no other studies of this magnitude in the US that enable researchers to look at various racial and ethnic populations and cancer risk,” stated Mike Dany, Executive Vice President for the American Cancer Society. “We commend our corporate and health care partners for taking the lead to offer their sites for participants to enroll in this critically important study.”

Enrollment in the study involves two steps. After scheduling an appointment, individuals will be asked to complete a comprehensive survey online that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. Step two involves an in-person enrollment process which takes approximately 20-30 minutes and includes measuring waist circumference and collecting a small blood sample from participants. Upon completion of this process, the Society will send periodic follow-up surveys every few years to individuals to update their information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin this new study. The voluntary, long-term commitment by CPS-3 participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.

Go to cancerstudymo.org to enroll or call 888-604-5888. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Dr. Jeff Michalski from Siteman Cancer Center speaking at the CPS-3 press conference.

Dr. Jeff Michalski from Siteman Cancer Center speaking at the CPS-3 press conference.

UMB Bank Chairman & CEO Tom Chulick speaks at the CPS-3 press conference.

UMB Bank Chairman & CEO Tom Chulick speaks at the CPS-3 press conference.

St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Helps Fredbird Get His Exercise in New Public Service Announcement with American Cancer Society

The St. Louis Cardinals and the American Cancer Society have teamed up on a number of projects recently, bringing two incredible brands together to help fight cancer. The projects stem from Cardinals Team President Bill Dewitt, III’s engagement with the Society’s CEOs Against Cancer program. From a ‘Day at the Ballpark’ with nearly 12,000 Society supporters to two new awareness commercials, the two groups are going big to make an impact on cancer.

Supporters stop for a photo during the parade at ACS Day at the Ballpark.

In what Cardinals staff believe is the largest charity event at Busch Stadium, the ACS Day at the Ballpark brought in 12,000 supporters from across eastern Missouri on Sunday, August 19th. The event generated $100,000 in new funds for the local American Cancer Society in its first year. Tickets were mainly sold by Relay For Life teams, with proceeds credited to their fundraising efforts. Participants were given the special opportunity to enter the stadium early – parading on the field, getting autographs from past players, and taking photos with the World Series Trophy. Top ticket sellers Chuck Maher and Joyce Moberly threw out honorary first pitches. Also on the field were volunteers Chuck Maher, Jr. and Cindy Remmert, as well as American Cancer Society staff Tracy Skinner, Jason McClelland, and Craig Boring.

Listen to a special feature by Dan McLaughlin broadcast on KMOX 1120 AM and all Cardinals Radio Network stations nationwide, including comments from Cardinals Team President Bill DeWitt, III. Play the sound

Filming Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright for a new Relay For Life commercial.

The support didn’t end with raising money: two Cardinals starters spent an afternoon recording new public service announcements (PSAs) with the Society to help raise awareness. The first PSA, which was filmed in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout and debuted at ACS Day at the Ballpark, features Pitcher Adam Wainwright thanking Relay For Life volunteers and participants for helping the Society create the largest fundraising event in the world. Wainwright expressed his appreciation and dedicated his support of the American Cancer Society in memory of his grandparents.

 
Wainwright teaches Fredbird some pitching techniques during our commercial shoot on physical activity.

In the second PSA Cardinals Mascot Fredbird works his tailfeathers off getting his 30 minutes of exercise with Wainwright. The blooper reel of the two playing catch in the outfield helps spread the message that physical activity helps reduce cancer risk. This commercial aligns with the Society’s new, deliberate focus on nutrition and physical activity. American Cancer Society staff April Dzubic, director of communications, Jason McClelland, director of corporate initiatives, and Kerry Musenbrock, summer communications intern, developed the two PSAs and coordinated filming with Cardinals staff. Local videographer Kyle Jeffery, of Kyle Jeffery Studios, was responsible for filming and editing, while behind the scenes photos were donated by local photographer Rocky Zeitler. Both commercials will be launched to the public in the coming months.

For more photos from ACS Day at the Ballpark, visit http://www.facebook.com/ACSeasternMO#!/media/set/?set=a.10151114313012528.468485.157307497527&type=1 .

For a behind the scenes look at the commercial shoot with Adam Wainwright and Fredbird, visit http://www.facebook.com/ACSeasternMO#!/media/set/?set=a.10151146192207528.473862.157307497527&type=1 .

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