Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Over the past few decades, more people have been diagnosed with some form of skin cancer than all other cancers combined and nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States.
Some risk factors for skin cancer include a lighter natural skin color, reddish hair, family history of skin cancer, history of indoor tanning, history of sunburns (especially early in life), and skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily. “If you have any of these risk factors, you should see a doctor for a skin cancer screening at least once a year,” says Dr. Schuyler Metlis with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “Finding a skin cancer early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success and with the smallest or least conspicuous scars.” Dr. Metlis has been offering free skin cancer screenings to Hannibal and surrounding communities for over 10 years. Through these screenings, Dr. Metlis has helped many community members detect and successfully remove cancerous and pre-cancerous spots.
Beginning in April and going through June, Dr. Metlis will be hosting free skin cancer screenings throughout the region. The screenings are free, however, space is limited and an appointment is required. Dr. Metlis will be available for screenings on the following dates and times:
- Hannibal: April 12th - 9:00 am-3:00 pm or May 18 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Call (573) 629-3500 to schedule.
- Shelbina: May 4th - 9:30 am-11:00 am. Call (573) 588-4131 to schedule.
- Monroe City: May 4th - 1:30 pm-3:00 pm. Call (573) 735-2506 to schedule.
- Louisiana: May 25th - 9:30 am-11:00 am. Call (573) 754-5555 to schedule.
- Bowling Green: May 25th - 1:30 pm-3:00 pm. Call (573) 324-2241 to schedule.
- Canton: June 15th - 9:30 am-11:30 am. Call (573) 288-5360 to schedule.
To learn more visit hannibalregional.org.