Free Monthly Skin Cancer Screenings
Provided by Alton Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team
Fourth Tuesday of every month, starting April 27, 2021
Dates for 2021:
4 to 6 p.m., by appointment only
Alton Memorial Hospital Campus
Medical Office Building A
Call 800.392.0936 or click here to schedule
Skin cancer screening appointments are available for adults age 18 and over, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. During screenings in a private exam room, exposed skin areas will be examined by Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Because of physical distancing, a limited amount of people will be allowed inside the office at one time. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment and do not bring another person with you unless it’s necessary.
Why Skin Cancer Screening is Important
Being proactive is the one step to early detection. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and does not discriminate. People with fair skin, light-colored hair, green or blue eyes, and people who freckle easily are at the most significant risk. Excessive sun exposure, blistering burns before the age of 18, and a family history of melanoma are also risk factors. Most skin cancers appear after age 50, but more young adults and even teenagers are now being diagnosed. Skin cancer can occur anywhere, but it is most common in skin that has been exposed to sunlight.
For more information about how you can determine your risk for skin cancer, take our online risk assessment. Risk assessments for 11 other cancers and 6 chronic diseases are also available, along with personalized tips on prevention.