April 11th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute
Free Skin Cancer Screenings – May and June 2018 Dates
Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist
Soderstrom Skin Institute will offer 7 Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screenings throughout May and June. The first spring screening will take place in Peoria on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. No appointment is needed.
Additional free screenings will take place in:
- Galesburg on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Davenport on Saturday,May 12 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
- Normal on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Peru on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Clinton on Thursday, June 14 from 2 – 6 p.m.
- Morton on Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
No appointment is necessary. Attendees are seen on a first-come first-served basis.
- More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
- Around 87,000 will be melanoma. Over 9,700 of these cases will be fatal.
- There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
- People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
- Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
- Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.
2018 Skin Cancer Facts:
- 5.4 million new cases of skin cancer estimated this year.
- 91,270 cases will be melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- 9,320 of these cases will be fatal.
Don’t risk your life. Get checked!
Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE’s of moles/spots:
- A) Asymmetry – One half not like the other.
- B) Borders Irregular – Poorly defined borders.
- C) Color Varied – Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
- D) Diameter – Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
- E) Evolving – Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.
“This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient’s chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.
Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit WeKnowSkinCancer.com
Public Education Program
The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis and all diseases of the skin.
American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation