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Free National Skin Cancer Awareness Month health screenings by St. Francis

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The American Cancer society estimates over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with basal and squamous cell skin cancers each year, while another 60,000 discover they have a more deadly form called melanoma. No matter the form skin cancer takes, early detection is key to successful treatment and survival.

The St. Francis Cancer Center offers free skin cancer screenings to those who have had a little too much fun in the sun during National Skin Cancer Awareness month.
The St. Francis Cancer Center offers free skin cancer screenings to those who have had a little too much fun in the sun during National Skin Cancer Awareness month.Brenda Lamothe Coulomme

In support of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the St. Francis Cancer Center is hosting a series of free skin cancer screenings during May. All Indianapolis area residents who have a mole or skin discoloration that concerns them or other risk factors for skin cancer are encouraged to attend.

Risk factors for skin cancer include:

  • UV exposure from sunlight or tanning beds
  • Early childhood sunburns
  • Fair skin
  • Moles (people with several moles are at a higher risk of developing skin caner)
  • Past history of melanoma
  • Family history of melanoma
  • Age (skin cancer is seen more often in older adults than younger people)
  • Gender (there is a higher occurrence of skin cancer in men than women)

St Francis Free Skin Cancer Screenings:
Monday, May 16, 2011
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
SFMG Breast Specialist
5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 250
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Cancer Center
Mooresville Campus
1215 Hadley Road, Suite 105
Mooresville, IN 46158

Saturday, May 21, 2011
9:00 a.m. - Noon
St. Francis Cancer Center
Indianapolis Campus
8111 S. Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Saturday, May 21, 2011
9:00 a.m. - Noon
St. Francis Cancer Center
Mooresville Campus
1215 Hadley Road, Suite 105
Mooresville, IN 46158

Advanced registration is required at all locations. Call 317-782-4422 to register. All screenings are conducted by a physician and performed in private.

For information on how to conduct a skin cancer self-exam, please see Dr. Oz recommended test #4: Skin cancer screening here on Examiner.com.

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