MD Anderson Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening Exams

May 13, 2010

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will offer free skin cancer screening exams to the public on May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cancer Prevention Center at the Cancer Prevention Building, 1155 Pressler Street, Floor 2.

Screening exams are offered on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments are not available.

“Skin cancer is not only the most common cancer; it is also the most preventable and treatable,” said Susan Chon, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at MD Anderson and coordinator for the citywide screening event. “Everyone should remember to wear sunscreen daily and avoid the midday sun – especially here in Texas.”

Participants can opt for either a full-body or partial body skin examination. “Attendees don’t have to undergo a full-body exam if they don’t want to,” said Chon. “We’ll speak with participants before the exam to determine their personal preference and comfort level.”

Participants who may need treatment will be referred to a list of area dermatologists. Each attendee will receive a copy of his or her screening results.

Free parking is available in the Pressler Garage Building, 1180 Pressler Street.

The Cancer Prevention Center offers a wide range of screening and early detection services. Thorough cancer screening examinations include cancer risk assessment, screening exams based on age and gender, as well as personalized risk-reduction strategies. Prevention programs include genetic testing, chemoprevention and nutritional counseling.

Physicians in the Houston Dermatological Society will perform the screenings. The American Cancer Society, the Houston Dermatological Society and the American Academy of Dermatology also are co-sponsoring the event.

For more information, visit www.mdanderson.org/prevention.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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