Warmer temperatures have finally taken hold in Chicago, persuading many to spend more time outside and increasing their amount of sun exposure, which is the number one risk factor for developing skin cancer on average. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America and affects all skin types. It is estimated that roughly one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime, including its deadliest form melanoma. Experts agree that using sunscreen and having regular screenings for skin cancer is important for everyone.
“Having your skin examined thoroughly by a dermatologist is very important, even if you don’t have any immediate concerns,” said Northwestern Medicine dermatologist, Tina Venetos, MD. “There is more than one kind of skin cancer and there is even a wide variation in how specific forms appear, which is why an expert review by a trained healthcare professional is key.”
Watch this video with Dr. Venetos to learn more.
Dermatologists at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital will be providing free skin cancer screening appointments for the public during their annual free screening event this Tuesday, May 19, 2015. This free event will take place in the hospital’s Hunter Family Center for Women’s Health at 660 N. Westmoreland road in Lake Forest, Ill., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 19, 2015. Registration for the event can be done over the phone by calling 847.535.7441.