Free Skin Cancer Screening Event

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center is hosting its 31st annual skin cancer screening event in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery on Monday, May 23.

“Skin cancer is very common, but with early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate is very good. This short screening could be a potentially lifesaving decision,” said Dr. Jason Romero, dermatologist, Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

The free event provides individuals an opportunity to be screened by a physician who can answer questions about irregular shaped moles, dark skin spots or areas that could become problematic. The screening just takes a few minutes.

“We are excited to bring this screening back to what it was pre-COVID in our community,” said Dr. Scott Boniol, Medical Director of CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center. “Skin cancer concerns can come with some scary sounding diagnoses like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, but we are willing and able to offer support from diagnosis to treatment and long-term follow up.”

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly five million people are treated for it each year.  It is estimated that 7,650 people will die from Melanoma, the deadliest type, in 2022. 90% of all skin cancer is caused by Ultraviolet Radiation and sun exposure. This is a wake-up call to take care of your skin.

“Summer is here and that means we are headed outdoors. It is important that we take steps to protect ourselves from skin cancer and get the tests and screenings needed,” said Dr. Cooper Heard, dermatologist, Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

You still have time to register for the 31st annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Event at the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, located on the CHRISTUS Highland campus. This event is in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery team. It is slated for Monday, May 23 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Screening takes just a few minutes and does require pre-registration. Slots will fill quickly, to register call 318.656.7698.

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