Wright State University School of Medicine's Section of Dermatology will conduct free skin cancer screenings in May at selected area hospitals and clinics. Appointments for the screenings can be made Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7, by calling the American Cancer Society at 223-8521.
The free screenings will be offered at the following sites and times: Franciscan Medical Center, Monday, May 10, 1:00-4:30 p.m., and Friday, May 14, 1:00-4:30 p.m.; the office of Lawton Gerlinger, M.D. (450 N. Main Street, Centerville), Tuesday, May 11, 9:00-11:30 a.m.; the Frederick A. White Health Center at Wright State University, Tuesday, May 11, 1:00-4:30 p.m. and Friday, May 14, 1:00-4:30 p.m.; Miami Valley Hospital Medical/Surgical Health Center, Wednesday, May 12, 9:00-11:00 a.m., and Friday, May 14, 8:30-11:00 a.m.; Sycamore Primary Care Center, Wednesday, May 12, 9:00-11:00 a.m.; Grandview Hospital Outpatient Clinic, Friday, May 14, 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m.; and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (6540 N. Main Street), Saturday, May 15, 8:00 a.m.-Noon.
A skin cancer screening takes only five minutes, according to Dr. Julian Trevino, section chief of dermatology at Wright State School of Medicine. "Anyone who is concerned about a worrisome skin lesion should have a screening," Trevino explains. "If the skin lesion has enlarged or changed color, or if it has become ulcerated or irritated, it should be checked by a dermatologist. "If a person has a pigmented lesion that turns out to be a melanoma, removing it at an early stage could save a life," he continues. "Other types of skin cancer, when detected early, can be removed before they become large and disfiguring."
Dermatologists of the Miami Valley offer free screening clinics each May, during National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The screenings are part of a nationwide program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology to promote early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer.