ALTON — Residents can take advantage of free skin cancer and prostate screenings this month.
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Noor Ahmed will do skin cancer screenings Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Cancer Center of Excellence/Radiation Oncology at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital.
Appointments will be held between 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. To register online, visit osfsaintanthonys.org, and click on View Classes and Events, or call (618) 465-2264.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer include:
- Any change on your skin, especially in the size or color of a mole, growth, or spot or a new growth (even if it has no color).
- Scaliness, oozing, bleeding or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule.
- The spread of pigmentation (color) beyond its border, such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark.
- A change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness or pain.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, with more than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer each year.
For basal cell or squamous cell cancers, a cure is likely if detected and treated early. Melanoma, even though it can spread to other body parts quickly, is also highly curable if detected early and treated properly.
People who have had any type of skin cancer should take special care to check for new skin cancers, but screening recommendations for other types of cancer are the same as those for the general population.
OSF Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center of Excellence will offering a free prostate screening from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Radiation Oncology Department at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, 915 E. 5th St.
The screening includes PSA blood tests at no cost, as well as digital rectal exams by Dr. James Piephoff, board-certified radiation oncologist.
The screening is designed for men age 50 and older who have not been previously screened for prostate cancer. Men at high risk for prostate cancer, including African-American men or men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age, should begin testing at the age of 45.
Screenings are by appointment and space is limited. To register online for a screening appointment, visit osfsaintanthonys.org and click on View Classes and Events or call (618) 465-2264.