AUSTIN, Texas – (May 14, 2015) -As part of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Ascension Seton will be holding its Annual Citywide Skin Cancer Screening this Saturday, May 16, at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Ascension Seton dermatologists and partners from the Austin Dermatological Society, American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society will be on site to offer free skin cancer screenings to anyone in the community from 8 a.m. until noon.
“Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young people,” Ascension Seton dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Fox, said, “but screenings can help identify any suspicious lesions before they potentially develop into cancer.”
While it’s important for everyone to get screened, Fox said it should be a priority for anyone who has had a lot of long-term sun exposure as part of his or her job or hobby. Previously having skin cancer also increases the risk of getting skin cancer again.
“Family history is also an important risk factor,” he said, “so if someone in your family has been diagnosed, it’s probably a good idea to get screened at least once a year.”
A skin cancer screening typically takes about 15 minutes to complete. For the event, exams will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ascension Seton’s 28th Annual Citywide Skin Cancer Screening
Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 8 a.m.-Noon
Location: University Medical Center Brackenridge (601 E. 15th Street)
First Floor, Day Surgery Area
For more information call: 512-324-3375