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Free skin cancer screenings offered on Oct. 9 in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

The Skin Cancer Center of Southern Illinois will be offering free skin cancer screenings on Friday, October 9.

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon is working together with Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois to provide the free screenings.

These screenings will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Skin Care Cancer Center, which is located at 4107 South Water Tower Place in Mt. Vernon.

The screenings are for people who are not seeing a dermatologist and who have not been checked for skin cancer within the past 12 months.

The most common cancer in the United States is skin cancer.

One in five Americans are estimated to develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

Skin cancer can be cured with proper detection and treatment.

There are many types of skin cancer and people of all races and colors can get it.

The most common forms of skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

The cure rate is 95 percent for BCC and SCC with early detection and proper treatment.

But the most deadly form of skin cancer is melanoma and has a high cure rate if detected before it spreads.

That is why it is so important to get screened.

If you would like more information or to schedule a screening call 888-257-6098.

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