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Free skin cancer screening scheduled in St. Cloud

A limited number of free skin cancer screenings by board-certified dermatologists will be offered Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8 at CentraCare Clinic - Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle in St. Cloud.

Interested participants must call (320) 229-4924 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, for an appointment time. No walk-ins will be accepted.

This 15th annual CentraCare Clinic screening coincides with National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and CentraCare Clinic. May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in this country. Approximately

one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. One person dies of melanoma every hour.

The Academy's national detection and prevention program is in its 27th year and is being launched this year on May 7, which has been designated "Melanoma Monday," to raise awareness of malignant melanoma and urge Americans to regularly examine their skin for signs of serious forms of skin cancer.

Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.

"With melanoma, early detection is the key. Patients can watch their skin, and if there are visible changes they should be checked by a physician," said Christina Anderson, M.D., dermatologist with CentraCare Clinic.