Tulane University School of Medicine to offer free skin cancer screenings

October 17, 2012

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

Tulane University School of Medicine’s dermatology department will offer free skin cancer screenings from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Dermatology Clinic on the fifth floor of Tulane Medical Center, 1415 Tulane Ave.

“Screenings offer the best chance for catching cancer early, when it is most curable,” said Dr. Andrea Murina, assistant professor of clinical medicine.  “We encourage everyone to take charge of their health and schedule a free skin cancer screening today.”

The free screenings are available by appointment only by calling (504) 988-1700.  

The most common serious form of skin cancer is melanoma.  According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma accounts for less than 5 percent of all skin cancer diagnoses, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths, and incidence rates for melanoma have been increasing steadily for the last 30 years.  Approximately 76,250 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and 9,180 will die from the disease.

Those who have experienced severe sunburn or have a history of sun exposure, those with fair skin who burn easily and anyone experiencing a recent change in the appearance of a mole should consider being screened.  Screenings involve a full- or upper-body skin assessment by a Tulane dermatologist.  If suspicious lesions are found, patients will be encouraged to contact their personal physicians, or they will be referred to a Tulane dermatologist.  Validated parking is available in Tulane’s LaSalle St. Garage, located on the corner of Tulane and LaSalle streets.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000