May 30, 2019

Many Thanks For Another Successful Skin Cancer Screening Clinic!

On May 18, 2019, physicians and staff from the Department of Dermatology provided free skin cancer screenings to 118 people.  Kudos to all who participated in this annual community service event, held in conjunction with May as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month.

Kudos For A Successful Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic!Pictured above (Front: Dr. Josephine Quintanilla, Ashley Carpenter, Dr. Amy Orsini, Dr. Kelly Harms, Dr. Kelly Cha, Linda Martin, Christina Short, MA, Danielle Coon, LPN. Back: Dr. Noah Smith, John Runge, Nathan Vengalil, Dr. Nikki Sullivan, Dr. Marie Lyndsey, Dr. Iris Noh, Dr. Alison Durham, Charissa Salter, MA, Rhonda Peters. Missing: Sonja Sullivan, MA, Dr. Jason Rizzo, Denise Chinni, RN.)

 

Everyone is at risk for skin cancer - prevention is key.

Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma. To protect your skin:  

  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  
  • If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible, and apply sunscreen to exposed skin.

Regular skin checks play an important role in early detection and treatment of skin cancers.

Skin cancer warning signs include changes in size, shape or color of a mole or other skin lesion, the appearance of a new growth on the skin or a sore that doesn’t heal.  If you notice any spots on your skin that are different from the others, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you make an appointment with your dermatologist or physician.

Learn more about skin cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, skin cancer prevention and how to complete a self-check of your skin at the Rogel Cancer Center. In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology provides a listing of free SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening events being hosted elsewhere in Michigan and throughout the nation.