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What to expect at a SPOTme skin cancer screening


April 29. 2015 8:00PM


According to the American Academy of Dermatology’s website, www.aad.org, it is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Numbers like that make a world without skin cancer seem to be an impossible goal. But it is in reach.

That’s why the academy launched SPOT Skin Cancer, a large-scale public awareness campaign designed to involve the public, the academy’s membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, other health organizations, media and for-profit corporations to advance the public’s understanding of skin cancer and motivate them to change their behavior to prevent and detect skin cancer.

Part of that campaign are free SPOTme clinincs. The academy has provided free skin cancer screenings to the public since 1985. Since that time, more than 2.4 million screenings have taken place, finding more than 26,000 presumptive melanomas.

Dermatologists volunteer their time and expertise to provide SPOTme skin cancer screenings as a free service through the American Academy of Dermatology. A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. No blood work is conducted at a screening.

Screenings take approximately 10 minutes, including completing the paperwork and getting your skin checked.

If the screening is in a private setting, a full-body screening can be provided if you desire. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full-body examinations whenever possible. If the screening is in a public setting with limited privacy, only exposed areas (face, neck, arms, hands, etc.) will be visually inspected for skin cancer.

SPOTme skin cancer screenings are for skin cancer only. Seek advice from your regular dermatologist for other dermatologic concerns.

According to a search on the AAD website, the following people will host SPOTme clinics in New Hampshire in May:

• Dr. James Dinulos at Seacoast Dermatology in Portsmought from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on May 4. Call 431-5205 to make an appointment; walk-ins welcome.

• David Fernald at Wentworth Douglass Hospital from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 4. Call 742-5252 to make an appointment.

• Dr. Robert Posnick at Nashua Dermatology Associates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6. Call 579-9648 to make an appointment.

• Dr. Andrew Werchniak at Seacoast Dermatology in Dover from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on May 20. Call 431-5205 to make an appointment; walk-ins welcome.

• Lynn Hubbard at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Dermatology from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 27. Call 354-6571 to make an appointment.


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