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Centegra offers free skin cancer screening

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 2:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 5:26 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – Centegra Sage Cancer Center, in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology, celebrates National Melanoma Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by offering free skin cancer screenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center, 4305 Medical Center Drive in McHenry.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 877-236-8347.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, a diagnosis for more than 2 million people annually. As with most cancers, early detection is the key to survival. While yearly total-body checkups are recommended, everyone should inspect their skin once a month and note changes in texture, color and size of spots or moles.

During the screenings, Suleman Bangash, an independent dermatologist on staff at Centegra Health System, will provide a thorough skin exam to detect any skin cancers or pre-cancerous lesions. Although this screening does not take the place of an annual exam by a personal physician, it is a valuable tool for recognizing conditions that could become serious.

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