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Make Time For Your Mole Check


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

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

12th floor

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

Rite Aid

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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