Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with about 9,500 people diagnosed daily. There are three million skin cancer diagnoses annually, and the number has grown steadily over the past forty years.
Central Illinois residents are invited to a free skin cancer screening from 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25, at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at SIU Medicine, 325 W. Carpenter St., Springfield
Dermatologists will be on-site to perform free consultations to screen for the most common types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Physicians will examine the parts of the body exposed to sunlight to inspect for moles, birthmarks or other pigmented areas that could possibly present as abnormal in color, size, shape or texture.
The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois, a collaboration of SCI, Memorial Health, Springfield Clinic, and other organizations, is hosting the screening. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the event encourages cancer prevention and mindfulness.
This no-fee screening is open to anyone age 18 or older who is not under the care of a dermatologist. Space is limited, and registration is required. To make an appointment, please call 217-545-6122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.