Free skin cancer screenings Saturday, May 30

May 5, 2009

With summer approaching, more people will be in the sun enjoying outdoor activities. Flagstaff’s high altitude and the intense southwest sun, make skin cancer a serious risk. In fact, Arizona has the second-highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare and the Northern Arizona Dermatology Center (NADC) are sponsoring a free skin cancer screening from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at the Cancer Centers of NAH, located on FMC’s West Campus, 1200 N. Beaver Street.

This community-service clinic will provide free skin cancer screenings to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford this exam on their own. The services will include a full-body skin cancer screening exam and education/information on how to stay safe in the sun. Any necessary follow-up appointments or procedures will require a scheduled office visit with a dermatologist.

The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals receive a cancer-related skin examination at least once every three years between the ages of 20 to 40 years old, and annually for individuals age 40 years and older. While skin cancer generally occurs in older persons, melanoma, the most common type of cancer, often occurs in people between the ages of 25 and 29. Early detection is your best protection against skin cancer. The vast majority of skin cancers can be cured if diagnosed and treated early.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 928 774-5074. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows and the last walk-in will be taken at noon.