by Shannon Cay
HARRISON, Ark. – North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is hosting free skin cancer screenings on Friday.
Public Relations Director for NARMC, Marsha Carter, says doctors will be at the Claude Parrish Radiation Therapy Institute performing spot-check skin examinations for anyone with an appointment.
She says while self-examination is something people should do on a regular basis, these doctors will teach you how to properly examine yourself, while checking out any kind of warning signs of skin cancer.
She says patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment before Thursday afternoon. The Skin Cancer Screenings run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1st.
Those wishing to be screened may call 870-414-4300 Monday, June 27 through Thursday, July 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make your appointment.
This is a spot check only, not a full body screening. No removals or treatments will be done at this screening clinic. Patients are moved at a very rapid pace.
The risk factors for skin cancer are:
- Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation
- Fair complexion
- Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium
- Family history
- Multiple or atypical moles
- Severe sunburns as a child
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer are:
- Any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth
- Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule
- The spread of pigmentation beyond its border such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark
- A change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, or pain
- Squamous cell carcinomas detected at an early stage and removed promptly are almost always curable and cause minimal damage. However, left untreated, they eventually penetrate the underlying tissues and can become disfiguring. A small percentage even metastasizes to local lymph nodes, distant tissues, and organs and can become fatal. Therefore, any suspicious growth should be seen by a physician without delay. A tissue sample (biopsy) will be examined under a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. If tumor cells are present, treatment is required.
- Fortunately, there are several effective ways to eradicate squamous cell carcinoma. The choice of treatment is based on the tumor’s type, size, location, and depth of penetration, as well as the patient’s age and general health.
- Treatment can almost always be performed on an outpatient basis in a physician’s office or at a clinic. A local anesthetic is used during most surgical procedures. Pain or discomfort is usually minimal, and there is rarely much pain afterwards.
If you experience signs or symptoms or have risk factors please attend this screening or see your family doctor.