Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Park Nicollet works to raise skin cancer awareness with free screening event
St. Louis Park, Minn. - In honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Park Nicollet hosted a free skin cancer screening event at the Frauenshuh Cancer Center on Saturday, May 17th.
"Demand was off the charts this year, with 103 people coming in to be screened." said Dr. Larisa Speetzen, a Park Nicollet dermatologist who donated her time at the event. :That's encouraging because it means the public is getting the message that prevention is key."
Melanoma of the skin is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with nearly 1,500 new cases reported last year in Minnesota. The American Academy of Dermatologists designates May of each year as a month to raise awareness and encourage screening for the disease.
"Melanoma and other skin cancers are highly treatable and curable if detected early, but that's a problem for people who don't have good access to coverage or care," Dr. Speetzen said. "We use this event each year as an opportunity to reach out to people in our area who might not otherwise get the care they need, and to educate the public about the need to protect one's skin."
28 team members from Park Nicollet dermatology and the Frauenshuh Cancer Center donated a total of 100 volunteer hours to the screening event. Of the 103 individuals who were screened, 38 were referred for follow up for further evaluation based on their results - including eight who showed signs of non-melanoma skin cancer.