Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. People of all colors and races can get skin cancer. There are many different types of skin cancer, including actinic keratoses (AK), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common forms of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most deadly. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for BCC and SCC is about 95%. When melanoma is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate. Regular self-skin exams and a yearly examination by a dermatologist help people find early skin cancers.
On Wednesday, June 28th fron 5-7pm, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center is offering FREE Skin Cancer Screenings. A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. No blood work is conducted at a screening. Screenings take approximately 10 minutes, including the paperwork and getting your skin checked. Appointment required. Please call 617-724-1049 for more information or to schedule your appointment today!