Schneck offering free skin cancer screenings

The Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour once again is sponsoring free skin cancer screenings.

The screenings will be from 2 to 4 p.m. April 14 and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 18 at the cancer center on the Schneck Medical Center campus.

The screenings are intended for individuals who are not currently being seen by a dermatologist. You must have a scheduled appointment to participate, and time slots are limited.

More than half of all new cancers are skin cancers, and more than a million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, according to a news releases from Schneck. In fact, 40 to 50 percent of Americans living to the age of 65 will develop skin cancer at least once in their lifetimes.

Sally Acton, director of cancer and palliative care services at Schneck, said the key to the successful treatment of most types of skin cancer is early detection. Skin cancer is cured in 85 to 95 percent of all cases; however, if detected early enough, the cure rate could be near 100 percent.

This is especially critical in the most deadly type of skin cancer, melanoma, Acton said.

Schneck Medical Center invites the public to take advantage of these screenings, which are not intended for diagnosis of rashes or other skin problems and should not be a replacement or substitution for regular visits to a physician.

To schedule a screening, call the cancer center at 812-522-0477 and leave your name and phone number, and your call will be returned promptly.