CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Dermatologists and certified dermatological providers from Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston are offering free skin cancer screenings.
This is the 14th year free screenings have been offered however we’re told all slots for today are full. You are encouraged to join a wait-list or sign up for available slots on May 21st.
Registration for the event is required and may be made by phoning 843-556-8886, visiting their website. The screenings will take place at the offices of Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston:
• May 7th 5:00-7:00pm at 2180 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, West Ashley (behind Lowe’s)
• May 21st 5:00-7:00pm at 1364 Ashley River Road, West Ashley and convenient to downtown Charleston.
Providers will be available to answer questions regarding skin cancer, prevention and treatment.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one person dies of melanoma every hour. Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. This year there will be more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.
Experts say it’s important to get checked because what you think is a little spot on your skin, could be a lot larger under the surface. Ginger Greene, the practice administrator for Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston explains, “People come in and they think it’s just a little spot and once we try and get clear margins of cancer under the skin layer it can be huge. To avoid cancer, a large scar, and an unsightly area…make sure you’re getting screened”.
She adds that everyone should wear protective sunscreen daily, avoid the sun during the hottest hours of the day, stay away from tanning beds, and drink plenty of water.