Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic serves more than 300 people
May 06, 2019
By Darcy Gray
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer by the age of 70.
On May 4, 330 Wichita-area residents had the opportunity to put their minds at ease by getting free skin cancer screenings during the 31st annual Wichita Area Skin Cancer Screening Clinic.
The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is proud to have served as the location for the free clinic. The popular, annual event was provided by Wichita-area dermatologists and sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and KU School of Medicine-Wichita.
Dermatologists reported detecting the following from the 330 free screenings provided this year: three melanomas, 11 squamous cell carcinomas, 15 basal cell carcinomas, 23 atypical moles and 77 actinic keratoses.
During the past 20 years, local dermatologists have screened more than 10,000 patients. Of those patients, approximately 43 percent were diagnosed with a cancerous or pre-cancerous lesion. Last year, there were 423 free skin cancer screenings provided through this free clinic. Findings from the 2018 clinic included: 51 patients with actinic keratoses, 22 suspected basal cell carcinomas, 4 suspected squamous cell carcinomas, 3 suspected melanomas and 18 atypical/dysplastic nevi.
For more informaiton about this free clinic, call 316-777-6104.KU School of Medicine-Wichita