During a free skin cancer screening at Huntsman Cancer Institute on May 3, HCI, University of Utah and community dermatologists examined 411 patients, many of whom had never before been examined by a dermatologist.
In all, the participating doctors found 204 suspected cancerous or suspicious lesions, at least eight of them possible melanomas. That's the highest number detected in the eight years HCI has been hosting the screening.
About one in five Americans develops some type of skin cancer, but they do not routinely check their skin, according to Donna Branson, director of HCI's Patient and Public Education Department. She said that detected and treated early, skin cancer is often curable.
HCI dermatologists recommend that people of all ages check their skin several times a year. They should see a dermatologist once a year. More information is online at www.hci.utah.edu.