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Published on September 26, 2015

Free skin cancer screening at St. Vincent's

By Ashley Mitchem & Jason Mealey, News4JAX

Doctors say one in five Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year.
There's a danger especially here in Florida's almost annual sunny warm weather. St. Vincent's Hospital gave free screenings Saturday.

"It was really easy! I recommend this for anyone I came in filled out a form was brought into a room, undressed and was checked all over," said Edward Petrie who was screened.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and the number of skin cancer patients is growing steadily.
That's why St. Vincent's Hospital is trying to bring awareness to the problem through free screenings.
Doctors from all over the city came to help people worried about their skin.

"Any skin changes are the biggest thing, any areas scabby wounds not healing coming back should all be looked at more thoroughly," Joseph Parks, a plastic surgeon said.

Over 300 people signed up for the free screening, most people we spoke with had good news from the doctors.

"It was very easy, the doctor was very nice and I don't have anything to worry about so it just eased my mind," Kim Kessler said

"My father has been in construction all his life and has had numerous spots removed and I would like to be more proactive and get checked out more regularly," William Register said.

Florida has the second-highest rate of melanoma cases in the nation, behind California. Doctors want to remind you to apply sunscreen, avoid tanning beds and seek shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Doctors also recommend you get checked by a dermatologist annually.

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