Free skin cancer screening set for Friday

GREENFIELD — The Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and dermatologist Joel Gordon will sponsor a free skin cancer screening on Friday, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the hospital Oncology Department.

During the screening, Gordon will examine new growths that are less than 1 year old, as well as old growths that have changed in color, size, shape, pain level or are causing irritation or bleeding. The screening is not intended for individuals with skin rashes or for those who have seen a dermatologist in the past year.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most prevalent of all types of cancers. In the United States alone, more than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually; and the incidence of skin cancer is increasing. Sun and indoor tanning are the leading causes of skin cancer.

Gordon stated, “Though prevention is obviously the best course to take against skin cancer, early detection is the next best solution. If you do have melanoma, it can be cured if it is diagnosed and treated early. If it is not removed in its early stage, cancer cells may grow downward from the skin surface and spread into the body, making it potentially more dangerous.”

Advance registration is required, and space is limited. To register or for more information on skin cancer prevention and detection, call Baystate Health Link at 413-773-2454 or 800-377-HEALTH.

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