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Intermountain to hold free skin cancer screening clinic Tuesday

Published: Friday, May 4 2012 5:36 p.m. MDT

MURRAY — Intermountain Medical Center is holding a free skin cancer screening clinic on Tuesday, to detect and diagnose cancers as early as possible.

The clinic is for uninsured or underinsured Utahns who have limited access to regular screenings with a doctor. In addition to increased detection, doctors involved in the Tuesday screening aim to educate the public about skin cancer, said Dr. Marc Sanders, a dermatologist at Intermountain Memorial Clinic. 

"One of the keys to successful treatment of melanoma and the other types of skin cancer is early detection," he said. "With skin cancer on the rise, it's very important that everybody be screened."

More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Warning signs include a change in size, shape or color of a mole, spot or other skin growth, as well as changes in the surrounding skin texture and uncomfortable sensations of itching or burning.

The free clinic will be at the Jon and Karen Huntsman-Intermountain Cancer Center at IMC, 5131 S. Cottonwood St. (150 East), in Murray, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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