Local Health Care Providers Offer Free Skin Cancer Screening
Penrose Cancer Center, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Memorial Health System, Peak Vista Community Health Centers and the American Cancer Society team up for community screening
Colorado Springs local health agencies are joining forces to offer free skin cancer screenings to the community on Saturday, May 4 starting at 8 a.m. and going to 11:30 a.m. at Peak Vista Community Health Centers, 225 South Union Blvd. Certified dermatologists will perform the 10-15 minute exams and a registered nurse will follow up with any patient who has suspicious results.
The incidence of skin cancer is increasing in epidemic proportions worldwide. Melanoma—responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths—is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Colorado. Nationwide, there are more than 1 million people diagnosed with skin cancer every year, which is more than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. Unfortunately, due in part to high altitude and plentiful sunshine, new melanoma diagnoses in our state were 15 percent higher than the national average from 2002-2006 and were the 13th highest in the U.S.
If you have a suspicious mole or spot on your skin, have it checked by making an appointment today.
Early detection and treatment of skin cancer offers the best chance of a cure.
Appointments are required and times are limited.
Please call 719-444-CARE (2273) – option 3 to schedule an appointment.
Interviews with a dermatologist and/or skin cancer survivor are available. Please contact Lisa Gates at 719-776-5610 to schedule an interview.