Cancer Center of Santa Barbara Offers Free Melanoma Screenings
May is Melanoma Awareness Month
May 6, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA— Have you been checked? During Melanoma Awareness Month, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara reminds us all to schedule a full-body skin exam. It is important to be aware of any unusual moles or irregular blemishes that could signify the onset of melanoma or the more common types of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.
Melanoma is the most serious of all skin cancers, but it can be treated successfully if detected early. If you are uninsured or underinsured and have not had a skin exam in the last 12 months, you are invited to attend a free melanoma screening hosted by Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, in partnership with local dermatologists.
Dermatologists will be on hand to check for unusual moles or irregular blemishes that could signify the onset of melanoma or the more common types of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.
High risk individuals or those without medical and dermatologic care are encouraged to attend. Individuals at a higher risk for developing melanoma are those who have fair skin and a history of excessive exposure to the sun, have many moles, and/or have a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with melanoma.
Date: Thursday, May 12th
Time: 4:30-7 p.m.
Location: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, 526 W. Pueblo St., Santa Barbara
To learn how to perform a skin exam at home and how to enjoy the sun safely, please visit: www.ccsb.org.
For more information about the screening, please call the Cancer Center’s Wellness department at (805) 898-2204.
Since 1949, the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara has remained in the vanguard of comprehensive outpatient cancer treatment with personnel from some of the nation’s renowned medical programs, the latest science and technology, and integrative wellness and patient support programs. The independent and charitably supported Cancer Center of Santa Barbara has earned a reputation for compassionately serving those on the journey to live with, through, and beyond cancer.