May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and in support of increasing awareness and early detection, SLUCare will hold its annual free skin cancer screening on May 11 at Des Peres Medical Arts Pavillion (2315 Dougherty Ferry Rd., Suite 200B) and Anheuser Busch Institute located on Grand Boulevard from 8 to noon.Currently, there are only available openings at the Midtown location. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (314) 977-4440 or (866) 977-4440.
"If skin cancer is detected early, it can be cured," said Scott W. Fosko, M.D., SLUCare dermatologist and professor and chairman of dermatology at Saint Louis University. "We offer this free service to our community so that patients have the opportunity to come to our board-certified dermatologists and get their skin evaluated."
The screening focuses on the early detection of skin cancer and is not intended to address other skin concerns. People should be aware of several warning signs of skin cancer. Some common symptoms include high number of moles, unusual moles that are of irregular shapes, irregular borders, different colors, larger than 6 millimeters or beginning to change. People who experience bleeding, itching or a sore developing in a new or existing skin wound should also consider getting screened. Traditionally older people have been at a higher risk for skin cancer, but recently dermatologists have been seeing it rise in younger people as well.
"Everyone is at risk for skin cancer," said Fosko. "Younger adults, especially women, have more of their skin exposed to ultraviolet rays through the use of tanning beds."
Regular screenings are recommended for people of all ages. Individuals who easily get sunburn, have fair complexion, personal or family history of skin cancer, regularly use tanning salons or get significant sun or ultraviolet rays exposure are usually at higher risk for getting skin cancer.
During the screening process, a dermatologist will check moles, birth marks and other pigmentations for signs of cancer. Those who need further evaluation and treatment will be assisted in arranging the appropriate care.
Nationally accredited and with more than 500 physicians, SLUCare is the medical practice group of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. To schedule an appointment, call 314-977-4440 or 1-866-977-4440. More information is available at www.slucare.edu.