August 24, 2010

Vanderbilt Employee Free Skin Cancer Screening Friday, Sept. 3

Did you know that Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? More than one million cases are diagnosed each year, and according to current estimates, 40 percent to 50 percent of Americans will have skin cancer at least once by the time they are 65.

If you have a mole or growth on your skin that has fuzzy or scalloped borders, varied colors, or recent changes, it should be examined by a health professional.

Vanderbilt's Division of Dermatology will host the annual Free Skin Cancer Screening for Vanderbilt Employees only:
Date: Friday, Sept. 3
Time: 8 a.m. - noon
Location: Dermatology Clinic, Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, Suite 26300
An appointment is necessary for the 10-minute screening.

The online appointment scheduler will be available on Monday, Aug. 23. All appointments must be made through the online appointment scheduler. Please do not send an e-mail or call to make an appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Oates at

More About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting about one in five Americans at some point in their lives, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. If left untreated, skin cancer can cause disfigurement, loss of function of important structures in the body and death. Fortunately, the vast majority of skin cancers are curable if they are detected early and treated effectively.

As part of a routine cancer-related checkup, your health care professional should check your skin carefully and discuss any concerns you may have. It’s also important to check your own skin, preferably once a month. Learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes. Any trouble spots should be seen by a doctor.

Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Symptoms of skin cancer vary from person to person and may include:

• Change on the skin, such as a new spot or one that changes in size, shape or color
• Sore that doesn’t heal
• Spot or sore that changes in sensation, itchiness, tenderness or pain
• Small, smooth, shiny, pale or waxy lump
• Firm red lump that may bleed or develops a crust
• Flat, red spot that is rough, dry or scaly

Many of these symptoms are not cancer, but if you notice one or more of them for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

Don't forget to make your appointment through the online appointment from the link below.