May is skin cancer awareness month and it’s the perfect time to schedule in that skin exam. A skin exam is an important tool. It offers opportunities for doctors to take note of any skin changes as well to identify any atypical moles or spots for removal. It offers the chance to ask questions and see if you’re doing all the right things for optimum skin health. If you’ve never had one performed, getting one is a good idea so you can also establish a baseline.
A proper skin exam should be performed by a board certified dermatologist. If you don’t have one, ask your primary doctor or internist for a referral.
Other noteworthy news, the Skin Cancer Foundation is conducting its 7th year of their ‘Road to Healthy Skin Tour.’ Making stops across the nation, local volunteer dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings to the public. To learn more about the tour and its stops, check out http://www.skincancer.org/events/tour.
Because its skin cancer awareness month, many medical centers offer free skin cancer screenings in the month of May. To inquire, contact your local university based medical center dermatology department.
If you live in the NY metro area, here are a few places offering free skin cancer screenings on a walk in basis:
NYU Dermatology Associates
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:30pm-4pm
240 East 38th street
Between 2nd / 3rd avenues
New York, NY 10016
212 263 5015
Mt. Sinai Hospital Dermatology @ Beth Israel
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10am-2pm
10 Union Square
New York, NY 10003
Between 14th / 15th streets
212 523 3888
Montefiore Medical Center Dermatology
Saturday, May 31, 2014, time to be determined
1521 Jarrett Place
Bronx, NY 10461
866 633 8255
The Skin Cancer Foundation Road to Healthy Skin Tour will make a stop in the city:
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9am-2pm
542-576 Second avenue
New York, NY 10016
212 213 9887
Take advantage of these free skin cancer screenings and get your moles checked!
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