According to the American Cancer Society, Melanoma can almost always be cured in its early stages, but it is likely to spread to other parts of the body if it is not caught early. Gordon Hospital, in partnership with Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology Center, is pleased to offer a free melanoma skin cancer screening on Monday, Nov. 1, from 3-5 p.m. at Gordon Hospital. Please call 706-602-7800, ext. 2305 to reserve a screening time.
“It is very important to be checked for skin cancer each year as part of your annual health physical,” says JoAnn Silvers, RN, certified cancer nurse navigator with the Gordon Cancer Resource Center. “Your skin is your largest organ of the body so it is important to protect it and check it for possible disease. This screening is a great, free way to do that.”
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. The following is a list of risk factors for skin cancer:
It is important to be aware of signs and symptoms of skin cancer. If you are experiencing any of the following you should not delay being checked by a physician.
“Practicing sun safety can help lower your risk for skin cancer,” says Silvers. “If you avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day (from 10 am until 4 pm), apply sunscreen and lip balm with SPF of 15 or higher even on cloudy days, wear a hat, avoid tanning beds, and wear light, reflective clothing, you can greatly reduce your chances of skin cancer.”
Melanoma Monday is a bi-annual screening offered through Gordon Hospital and the Skin Cancer & Cosmetic Dermatology Center. The screening is free; however, we ask that individuals schedule an appointment because of the large number of participants. To make your appointment, please call 706-602-7800, ext. 2305.