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Genesis Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The most common form of cancer also is one of the most treatable and preventable, but if left untreated, skin cancer can be deadly.

May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and Quad Cities residents are being urged to take advantage of a free skin cancer screening.  The screening will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, located at Genesis Medical Center, 1401 West Central Park Ave.

The screening is for people who have not previously had a screening for skin cancer.  Appointments are required and should be made  by going to  www.genesishealth.com/screenings.  Select the preferred time slot, then click

 on the blue "Sign In & Register'' button, or you may "Continue As A Guest."  You may also call (563) 421-8668 and leave a message.

Participants should use the Atrium entrance located on the Central Park Ave. side of the hospital to attend the screening.

The annual free screening is offered by Genesis to increase public awareness about malignant melanoma and other skin cancers.  Malignant melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.  Once malignant melanoma has spread to other parts of the body, the cancer is often deadly.  It is estimated that melanoma will cause nearly 8,600 deaths this year and all skin cancers combined will result in nearly 11,600 deaths.

While the incidence of many common cancers is falling and survival rates are rising, the incidence of melanoma continues to rise at a rate faster than any of the seven most common cancers.  Melanoma accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, but it causes for then 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

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Skin cancers are highly curable if detected in the earliest stages and treated properly.  It is important for patients to recognize changes on their skin and to

have their skin assessed on a regular basis by their health care provider.

If you have any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor:

Any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth.

Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule

The spread of pigmentation beyond its border such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark

A change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, or pain

Risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include:

Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation

Fair complexion

Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium

Family history

Multiple or atypical moles

Severe sunburns as a child

The best ways to lower the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer are to avoid intense sunlight for long periods of time and to practice sun safety.  You can continue to exercise and enjoy the outdoors while practicing sun safety at the same time.

All cosmetics on the skin should be removed prior to screening.  Participants may choose to have sun-exposed areas such as arms, legs and the face evaluated, or can receive a full-body screen for which they should wear a bathing suit, under clothing.