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Agencies offer free skin cancer screenings

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It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the course of their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer , every hour.

In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May and Melanoma Monday, observed on May 5, the American Academy of Dermatology is encouraging the public to learn how to SPOT Skin Cancer.

 In 2014, it is estimated that 9,710 deaths will be attributed to melanoma. Melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.

When caught early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.

To increase people’s chances of spotting skin cancer early, the Academy recommends everyone learn the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:

  • A – is for Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • B – is for Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • C – is for Color that varies from one area to another.
  • D – is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • E – is for Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
Area hospitals and dermatologist's offices offer free skin cancer screenings Saturday, May 3rd.

Mitchell Dermatology in Perrysburg until 1:00 PM.

Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe. Mercy Memorial Corporate Connection offers a free skin cancer screening by board certified dermatologists. Please call (734) 240-4162 for further information.

Dermatology Associates at Levis Commons is offering free screenings on Friday, May 9th. Call 419-872-0777 for an appointment.



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