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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Free skin cancer screenings offered by Franciscan St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, but it’s one of most treatable forms of cancer if caught in time, says the National Cancer Institute.

That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Health Cancer Center is offering free screenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, July 25. The event will be at Central Indiana Dermatology, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd, Suite 310.

Appointments are limited and registration is required. To make an appointment, call 317-782-4422.

Some people may be at higher risk than others and having one or more of the following risk factors could increase your risk for developing skin cancer, such as:

·        Sun sensitivity (skin that burns easily, natural blonde/blond or red hair color)
·        Spending a great deal of time in the sun, especially during childhood
·        A family history of certain types of skin cancer
·        A weak immune system for any reason
·        The appearance of moles

Additionally, doing a simple self-exam of your skin takes only a few minutes and can be an easy way to detect potential problems since most cancers occurs on the skin surface. Look for changes in the size, color, texture or shape of a mole or dark spot. Check for the appearance of any unusual bumps or growths on face, ears, arms, chest and back.