June 28, 2012

SLU Dermatologists Led Skin Cancer Outreach Event at Race for the Cure

At last weekend’s Komen Race for the Cure, SLUCare dermatologists Michelle Tarbox, M.D. and Jordan Slutsky, M.D. led a skin cancer outreach event, "Play Safe in the Sun," with the help of several SLU dermatologists and students volunteers.

The team:

  • Provided 182 free skin screenings.
  • Identified 30 suspected skin cancers.
  • Gave out 7,500 free samples of sunscreen.
  • Distributed 1,500 pieces of educational materials.

Regular skin screenings are recommended for everyone, especially those over 40 years of age, and individuals at higher risk for skin cancer, those with a fair complexion, sunburn easily, have numerous moles, a personal or family history of skin cancer, and by occupation, recreation or use of tanning salons, get significant sun or ultraviolet rays exposure, regardless of age or race.

During a screening, a dermatologist will check moles, birth marks and other pigmentations for signs of cancer, which include abnormal size, color, shape or texture. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and is the leading cancer in young adults, 25-29 years old. It is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells and may appear on the skin suddenly without warning or develop on an existing mole.

SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the only academic medical practice in St. Louis that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. This accreditation is a voluntary process through which the quality of SLUCare services and performance is measured against nationally recognized standards. To schedule an appointment, call 314-977-4440 or 1-866-977-4440. More information is available at www.slucare.edu.

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