Bradenton Dermatology offers free 'Melanoma Monday' screenings

Herald Health CorrespondentMay 3, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The American Academy of Dermatology encourages skin-cancer screenings on Melanoma Monday, May 6, to check for the deadly skin cancer that nearly always can be stopped when caught early.

Unlike other types of cancer, skin cancer signs often are in plain sight but people must know how to recognize them.

"The key with skin cancer is early detection. One person dies of melanoma every hour. That's too many when melanoma can be caught early and totally cured," said dermatologist Jack Jawitz of Bradenton Dermatology and Laser.

Free skin cancer screenings will be offered 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Bradenton Dermatology in private. Anyone concerned about a spot on the skin or who just wants a check-up is welcome, said Jawitz.

A full body exam for signs of skin cancer also can be requested, he said. Melanoma most often occurs in visible moles but also can show up in unexpected places such as the scalp and underneath fingernails.

Jawitz said it's not uncommon for a patient to come in to have a suspicious spot examined and the dermatologist detects other suspicious spots the patient didn't know about.

"We see that a lot and literally save their lives," he said.

In the free screenings at Bradenton Dermatology, doctors also will look for other forms of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Bradenton Dermatology is at 2919 26th St. W., Bradenton. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins will be offered screenings on a first-come, first-served basis.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 941-755-2255.

Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be contacted at shemmingway@hotmail.com.

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