MD Anderson Provides Free Skin Cancer Exams May 5

MD Anderson News Release 04-20-12

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will offer free skin cancer screening exams to the public on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cancer Prevention Center at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Prevention Building, 1155 Pressler Street, Floor 2.

Appointments are not being taken. Screening exams are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer, but it’s also highly preventable,” said Susan Chon, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at MD Anderson and coordinator for the citywide screening event. “Everyone should remember to wear sunscreen daily and avoid the mid-day sun – especially here in Texas.”

The screening will include a full-body exam, but participants are not required to undergo the complete exam if it is not desired. Each participant will receive a copy of his or her screening results.

Participants who may need follow-up care will be referred to a list of local dermatologists.

Free parking is available in the Pressler Garage Building, 1180 Pressler Street. Attendees should use the parking entrance on the West side of Bertner Street. This event takes place on the same day as MD Anderson's Sprint for Life 5K.

Along with offering a wide range of screening and early detection services, the Cancer Prevention Center offers personalized risk-reduction strategies and prevention programs.

“Get regular cancer screenings,” said Chon. “Along with prevention, early detection is the best defense against cancer.”

Physicians in the Houston Dermatological Society will perform the screenings. The American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Dermatology and Houston Dermatological Society are co-sponsoring the event.

For a list of additional free skin cancer screening locations, visit the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society sites.