OSF Saint Anthony hosts free skin cancer screenings

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n Those with appointments will receive a free screening

OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, in conjunction with local dermatologists, is offering free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 8, at the Center for Cancer Care. An appointment must be made in advance. Appointments are made on a first-come-first-served basis.

Each year, more than 1.3 million people in the United States learn they have skin cancer, making it the most common type of cancer in the United States. Frequent sunburns or long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays increase the risk for developing skin cancer. Those at higher risk include those who work outdoors, have fair skin, freckles, any atypical moles or a family history of skin cancer.

Only those who have moles or pigmented spots with irregular borders or a diameter larger than six millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser) should schedule an appointment.

Only those with appointments will receive a skin cancer screening. To schedule an appointment, call the Center for Cancer Care at (815) 227-2624.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria. The Medical Center’s Web site is www.osfhealth.com.

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