ALTON — Residents can take advantage of free skin cancer screenings performed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Noor Ahmed on Wednesday, June 29, in the Cancer Center of Excellence/Radiation Oncology at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital.
Appointments will be from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. and can be scheduled by calling (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 cancers in the United States, with more than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer found 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.