Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. In addition, it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma every hour. Early detection is key to saving lives.
Earlier this year, two Midwest Dermatology physicians kicked off Skin Cancer Awareness month by participating at a free skin cancer screening, partnering with Nebraska Cancer Specialists. At this fourth annual lifesaving event, a whopping 249 patients were screened (156 first time participants!) and more than 30% were referred for a biopsy of a suspicious lesion. Big thanks to the folks at Nebraska Cancer and all their volunteers, along with the doctors and staff of several Omaha area dermatology practices, in donating their time to this important community service.
But Wait There’s More!
On a hot July afternoon in The Old Market, you may have spotted our own Dr. Darling boarding the “Destination Healthy Skin” RV! This mobile education and screening program sponsored by The Skin Cancer Foundation travels the country with pop-up clinics in popular areas of town.
The goal of the program is to save lives by educating the public about effective sun protection for skin cancer prevention as well as the importance of early detection.
In The Workplace
Next on the plate we are heading to a local workplace to participate in their Wellness Week! If your business has an organized wellness event, we are happy to provide materials to help in protection and early detection of skin cancer. If your event is large, we have nurses and sometimes physicians who are able to provide education and screenings. Let us know about your event and consider help on the way.