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What organizations offer free skin cancer screening?

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Some organizations that offer free cancer screenings are the American Academy of Dermatology and Skin Cancer Foundation. There are hospitals that also have free screening exams, such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Skin cancer screening is important because when detected in its early stages, skin cancer is treatable and curable, as noted by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Since 1985, the American Academy of Dermatology offers the SPOTme skin cancer screening program for the public. These free screenings are available in different states. Depending on where the screening takes place (public or private setting), the exam can be either a complete body visual exam or viewing only any exposed body regions. Volunteer dermatologists perform these exams. To find a location and date where the SPOTme program is available in a community, the public can visit the American Academy of Dermatology website and click on a state on the provided map.

Beginning in 2008, the Skin Cancer Foundation offer the Road to Healthy Skin Tour each year. Rite Aid is the presenting sponsor. The program provides free full body screening exams. An RV that tours through different states is used for these exams. The Skin Cancer Foundation site provides a schedule of locations and dates.

Additionally, the public may find hospitals in their areas that offer these free services. For example, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center provides free screening the third Friday of each month as of 2015.

Melanoma is a skin cancer type that can begin in the melanin-producing skin cells called melanocytes. This is a very serious cancer type, which can spread to other body regions. Doctors diagnose approximately 76,200 melanoma cases annually in the United States, as noted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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