Faith Regional Health Services will be holding a free skin cancer screening on Wednesday, September 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Faith Regional's Carson Cancer Center, located at 110 N. 29th Street in Norfolk. A limited number of reservations will be taken and pre-registration is required. Register here or go online at frhs.org or call (402) 644-7347. Please arrive at your appointment time. The free screening will include one spot check by a provider. A copy of the screening results will be given to each participant and mailed to their physician if requested. Information on the prevention of skin cancer will also be provided.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancers can show up in a variety of shapes and sizes. A normal mole is usually an evenly colored brown, tan or black spot on the skin. It can be either flat or raised and round or oval. A mole can be present at birth, or appear during childhood or young adulthood. New moles that appear later in life should be checked by a doctor. Most moles are harmless. It’s important to recognize any changes in a mole – such as its size, shape or color. This can suggest that melanoma may be developing.
“Early detection gives the opportunity for the highest cure with simple surgeries and excisions,” said Rabih Fahed, M.D., medical oncologist at the Carson Cancer Center.
More than 2 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The most serious type of skin cancer – malignant melanoma – will kill nearly 8,700 people this year. That equates to one American who dies from melanoma almost every hour.
For event information and examples of skin cancer warning signs, including images, click here or visit frhs.org and click on “Cancer”.