The Skin Cancer Foundation’s “Road to Healthy Skin Tour” will be in Strongsville tomorrow to provide free full body skin cancer screenings and the latest skin cancer information to the public. It has traveled nearly 60,000 miles and made over 250 stops across the country in the last three years. More than 10,000 people have been screened by volunteer dermatologists.
Perry Robins, MD, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, said, “We are delighted to provide such an important public service. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, afflicting more than two million Americans each year, and the number is rising rapidly.”
Now on its fourth year, the tour has been instrumental in discovering more than 3,700 potential skin cancers and precancers. Physicians on the 2011 tour have found 15 melanomas, 31 squamos cell carcinomas, 91 basal cell carcinomas and 253 actinic keratosis so far.
The results of a recent study in the journal Archives of Dermatology show that many doctors don’t perform full body skin exams because of time constraints or because patients are hesitant to undress for an exam. However, early detection is crucial when it comes to treating skin cancer.
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s “Road to Healthy Skin Tour” will be in Strongsville on Thursday, May 26 from 2pm to 5pm at the Rite Aid located at 14701 Pearl Road.