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M Health dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings to mark Melanoma Monday

University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings May 2, 2016 in Maple Grove.
University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2, 2016, at University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics.
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University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2, 2016, at University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics as part of Melanoma Monday, an event designed to raise awareness of skin cancer and encourage regular skin examinations. 

Dermatologists will perform full body checks or simply check suspicious lesions, depending on your preference. Screenings will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with no appointment necessary. This service is only available at our Maple Grove location.

“Providing these screenings raises skin cancer awareness within the community,” said Dermatologist Maria Hordinsky, MD, chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Dermatology.

Skin cancers fall into three categories: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed, with more than 1 million new cases in the United States every year, while squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type with more than 400,000 new cases each year. Melanoma is less common, but is the deadliest form of skin cancer. If melanoma is not detected at an early stage, it can spread to other parts of the body and is potentially lethal. 

Learn more about skin cancer types and treatment.

Skin cancers can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on sun- exposed skin, such as the back and shoulders for men and legs for women. People should watch for moles that change in size, color or shape. An asymmetrical mole, a darkly pigmented mole, or one with an irregular border should raise a red flag. A mole does not have to be raised to be dangerous—in many cases, flat, dark lesions are cause for concern. 

Learn more about our University of Minnesota Health dermatology services.

For more information, click here or call (763) 898-1000.


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