Suggested Searches
Care
View All
Locations
View All
Providers
View All
General Results

News & Stories

Dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings on Melanoma Monday 2019

University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings at two locations on May 6, 2019, to coincide with Melanoma Monday.
Our dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings at University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center in Minneapolis and University of Minnesota Maple Grove Clinics during Melanoma Monday on May 6, 2019.
|

University of Minnesota Health dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings at University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center and University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics on Monday, May 6, 2019.

The screenings will be offered as part of Melanoma Monday, a national event promoted by the American Academy of Dermatology and the Minnesota Dermatological Society to raise awareness of skin cancer and encourage regular skin examinations. The screenings will be available the following times at each location:

Dermatologists Ronda Farah, MD, FAAD, and David Pearson, MD, and Dermatologic Surgeons Ian Maher, MD and Adam Mattox, DO, will perform full body checks or simple spot checks on suspicious lesions, depending on the patient’s preference. Screenings will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with no appointment necessary.

Get directions to the Clinics and Surgery Center.

In addition to the skin cancer screening, our dermatologists will be available to discuss:

  • Skin cancer basics, including prevalence, risk factors, treatments, etc.
  • Prevention tips, such as sunscreen use and protective clothing
  • Myths regarding sun protection like “base tans,” tanning beds and others

Skin cancers fall into three categories: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is most common type, while squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common. 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. 

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States,” said Dermatologic Surgeon Adam Mattox, MD. “The American Academy of Dermatology reports one in five Americans will have skin cancer in their lifetime and on average one American dies from Melanoma every hour. The earlier a skin cancer is caught, the more successful treatment can be. A free skin cancer screening is an easy way to keep things from going unnoticed.”

Read 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 University of Minnesota Health dermatology care.


Comments