The Lifesaving Road Trip Screening Tour Raises Awareness About Skin

The Lifesaving Road Trip Screening Tour Raises Awareness About Skin Cancer

The statistics are staggering-and growing. More than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. There are more new cases of​ skin cancer in​ the​ U.S. than breast, prostate, lung and​ colon cancer combined. the​ key to​ keeping skin healthy? Detect and​ treat skin cancer as​ early as​ possible. Caught in​ the​ early stages, skin cancer is​ treatable.

"Many people are at​ risk, but skin cancer is​ also one of​ the​ most preventable and​ treatable forms of​ cancer," says Dr. Mark Lebwohl, Professor and​ Chairman, Department of​ Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of​ Medicine, New York.

To raise awareness of​ skin cancer and​ early detection and​ treatment, the​ Skin Cancer Foundation and​ Doak Dermatologics, a​ division of​ Bradley Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have joined forces on an​ innovative public service campaign. Throughout 2018, the​ Skin Cancer Screening Tour is​ heading to​ major cities across the​ U.S. to​ perform this important service.

Doak Dermatologics has built a​ custom-designed Mobile Diagnosis Vehicle (MDv) that will be staffed by local, board-certified dermatologists in​ each city, ready to​ offer free skin cancer screenings. the​ physicians will be looking for​ four primary forms of​ skin cancer or​ precancerous skin conditions:

1. Actinic Keratosis (AK), which affects 1.3 million people annually. AK is​ the​ most common type of​ precancerous skin lesion. if​ left untreated, AK can lead to​ squamous cell carcinoma.

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is​ a​ form of​ skin cancer that affects 200,000 Americans each year. SCC can metastasize (spread) quickly. SCCs that metastasize most often arise on mucous membranes or​ lips.

3. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is​ a​ common form of​ skin cancer, affecting more than 800,000 Americans annually. Chronic exposure to​ sunlight is​ most often the​ cause of​ BCC, which occurs most frequently on exposed parts of​ the​ body.

4. Melanoma is​ the​ most serious form of​ skin cancer and​ has increased more rapidly than any other form of​ skin cancer during the​ past 10 years. By 2018, melanoma is​ projected to​ rise in​ one in​ 50 Americans. if​ diagnosed and​ removed early, melanoma is​ almost 100% curable.

Get Screened Today!

When the​ Skin Cancer Screening Tour comes to​ town, be sure to​ pay it​ a​ visit. of​ course, you don't have to​ wait for​ the​ MDv to​ get screened. Make an​ appointment with your local dermatologist for​ a​ screening as​ soon as​ you can.

Whether it's on the​ MDv or​ with your dermatologist, the​ important thing is​ to​ get screened early and, if​ required, treated. it​ could save your life.

A cross-country tour is​ helping drive many people toward better health.

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