Four Board certified dermatologists from South Shore Dermatology Physicians (SSDP) provided free skin cancer screenings for 21 individuals last month as part of the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD’s) annual SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening Program. Begun in 1985 and expanded in 2014, the AAD program has provided skin cancer screenings to millions of individuals and detected more than 248,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 27,500 suspected melanomas. SSDP has participated in the program since the practice’s founding in 2008.
This year’s Skin Cancer Screenings were conducted in collaboration with Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. SSDP physicians Amy S. Chang, MD, Leera M. Briceno, MD, Lindsay Eminger, MD, and Daniel S. Loo, MD, provided screenings to 15 women and six men between the ages of 30 – 79. Sixty-seven percent of the participants said they would not have seen a doctor for a skin cancer check without the free program. Follow-up biopsies were recommended for 14% of the participants.
The most common cancer in the US, skin cancer will affect one in five Americans in their lifetime. Because exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning devices is the most important, preventable cause of skin cancer, SSDP encourages everyone to protect their skin from harmful UV rays by avoiding indoor tanning devices, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. In addition, SSDP encourages everyone to check their skin regularly for changes in the size, shape or color of a mole or other skin lesion, the appearance of a new growth on the skin, or a sore that doesn't heal, and to schedule an appointment with a Board certified dermatologist if you notice any spots on your skin that are changing, itching or bleeding or looking different from the others.
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