UVa. Medical Center Offering Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 7, 2014

As the summer months arrive, doctors say it's important to make sure you protect your skin. This weekend there is a free skin cancer screening at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

UVa. is offering free skin cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Dermatology Clinic at the Medical Center. Free parking will be available at the 11th Street garage.

The examination only takes a few minutes, and a doctor can take a look at anything on your skin that could be cancerous. And if there is something of concern, it's much better if it's caught early.

"Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, so it's very important to catch those early, before they've had a chance to spread, when the risk of dying from the melanoma goes up once it spread." says Dr. Barbara Wilson.

Those at highest risk for skin cancer include people with:
- Fair complexions
- Red or blonde hair
- Blue or hazel eyes
- A significant history of sun exposure

Appointments are required. For more information or to register, call 800-223-9173.

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