Beaumont hosts free skin cancer screening on Melanoma Monday

4/9/2014

Beaumont dermatologists to provide free skin cancer screenings for adults May 5

Beaumont dermatologists will host a free skin cancer screening on Monday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Berkley at 1949 West 12 Mile Road, suite 100.  Screenings are scheduled by appointment. Adults 18 years and older can register at https://classes.beaumont.edu and search for “Melanoma Screening” or call 800-633-7377.

The number of new cases of skin cancer has been increasing for more than 30 years in the United States. Melanoma, a type of cancer that starts in the pigment-producing skin cells, is the cause of most skin cancer deaths.


Dr. Chapman examines a patient at last year's
Melanoma Monday screenings.

“We are hoping to encourage early detection and increase awareness of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer,” says dermatologist, Roxana Chapman, D.O., organizer of the screenings on Melanoma Monday, the first Monday in May designated by the American Academy of Dermatology. “With early detection, melanoma has a high cure rate.”

In the United States, there will be about 76,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2014 and 9,700 deaths. This number is expected to significantly increase in the future.  Part of the increase is due to greater awareness of melanoma, with more people checking their skin for unusual growths and getting professional skin examinations. Men are more likely than women to have advanced melanoma, partly because they don't seek medical attention early enough. With early detection, diagnosis and treatment, this type of cancer can be cured.

The majority of melanoma cases result from environmental factors, such as sun exposure.  However, those who are at a higher risk for melanoma include people with:

  • exposure to ultraviolet light found in tanning lamps
  • numerous moles
  • fair skin, freckles, or red or blond hair
  • a family history of skin cancer
  • a history of  melanoma
  • a weak immune system

For people newly diagnosed with melanoma, Beaumont offers a multidisciplinary Melanoma Cancer Clinic that brings together a team of cancer experts on a single day, in one location, to develop a treatment plan. Clinic services can be accessed through a referral from a Beaumont primary care or oncology physician, or by calling toll-free 877-BEAT-CANCER, or 877-232-8226.

Beaumont’s comprehensive cancer program combines the expertise of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists to offer cancer prevention counseling, diagnosis and treatment in hospital and community-based settings. The Beaumont Cancer Institute is one of only 49 Community Clinical Oncology Programs in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute to provide patients with access to leading-edge cancer clinical research trials. Beaumont is designated as a Blue Cross Center of Distinction for the Treatment of Rare and Complex Cancers. Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy are recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing” hospitals for cancer care. Find out more at http://cancer.beaumont.edu/.