Skin Cancer Screenings
Baptist Health Paducah and the Kentucky Cancer Program offer a free skin cancer screening each year during May in recognition of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and affects about 700,000 Americans every year. During the screenings, dermatologists check exposed areas of the skin for both precancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis and skin cancers. Areas of particular concern include the backs of the hands, the face, the rim of the ear, the lips and mouth --- all areas which receive significant sun exposure.
Symptoms of melanoma -- the most aggressive form of skin cancer --- include:
- Asymmetry. One half of a mole doesn't match the other half.
- Border Irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
- Color. The pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown and black are present. Dashes of red, white and blue add to the mottled appearance.
- Diameter. Greater than six millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser). Any growth of a mole should be of concern.
For more information about skin cancer screenings or to register, call the Kentucky Cancer Program at (270) 442-1310.
For a comprehensive library of cancer-related information, visit our Baptist Online Cancer Resource Center.