You may not be sunbathing, but if you’re outside on a cloudy day, planting your garden, playing golf, hitting tennis balls, fishing or even driving with your sunroof open, you’re getting exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays which can lead to skin cancer. In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer.

This year, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated today, Monday, May 2, 2016, as National Melanoma Monday® to raise awareness that Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, but if caught early and treated, is about 98 percent curable.

As part of this campaign, the DFW Dermatological Societies, American Cancer Society, and three area healthcare providers invite you to participate in a FREE melanoma/skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 a.m. – Noon, at The Medical Center of Plano (3901 West 15th Street and 3670 Texas Highway 121), as well as at Texas Oncology–Fort Worth. 

Dermatologists will be available to check moles and other suspicious skin spots for signs of cancer to determine if further analysis is necessary. “When caught early, skin cancer can have a 98 percent cure rate,” says Helen Kaporis, D.O., board-certified dermatologist and chairperson of 2016 Skin Screening. “An estimated 50 percent of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer, however all skin types are at risk for developing skin cancer.”

FREE melanoma/skin cancer screening

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 a.m. – Noon


  • Texas Oncology–Fort Worth 8th Avenue, 1450 8th Avenue, Fort Worth 76104
  • The Medical Center of Plano, 3901 West 15th Street, Plano 75075
  • The Medical Center of Plano 24/7 Emergency Care, 3670 Texas Highway 121, Plano, 75075

Info: 817.756.8502 or visit Facebook DFW Skin Cancer

[No appointment needed, first come, first served. Children age 18 and younger need to have a parent/guardian present.]

This event is brought to you by the American Cancer Society, the Dallas/Fort Worth Dermatological Societies and participating hospitals.

3 Important Skin Cancer Facts

1. Skin cancer can be found anywhere on the body—even areas which never see the sun—such as in between the toes or on genitalia.

2. UV radiation from the sun can lead to skin cancer. Individuals can be exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays even if the sun isn’t shining. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ should be worn for protection even on rainy days.

3. Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps as they provide additional UV radiation which is associated with increased skin cancer risk.

Rebecca Silvestri

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