Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening
Free Skin Cancer Screening on Saturday, May 5:
May is skin cancer awareness month and once again, The START Center for Cancer Care and the San Antonio Dermatological Society have once again teamed up to host a free Skin Cancer Screening open to the public. Everyone in the family is welcome to be screened –– men, women and children.
This year’s screening will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The START Center for Cancer Care, 4383 Medical Drive. Free parking is available and VIA Bus Routes #91, #92, #522, #602 and # 603 all come within one block of the START Center.
At last year’s event, an estimated 650 people were screened and doctors found four possible Melanomas, 30 potential other skin cancers and 239 people were referred for further care.
Skin screening can detect early signs of cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends at least one cancer screening per year.
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers with most cases being considered “sun” related. In South Texas, we are entering the hottest and sunniest part of the year when people are more likely to be exposed to the harmful rays that can cause skin cancer.
This screening is the perfect, free way to make sure you’re not showing signs of skin cancer. It’s first come, first seen and no appointments will be taken. Participants can have a single “spot” or suspicious lesion checked or get a full body screening.
Anyone with suspicious results will be referred to a dermatologist for further evaluation. Participants should be aware that the wait can be anywhere from one to two hours, but the actual exam takes only 10 to 15 minutes.