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Spectrum Health holds free skin cancer screening

8:52 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Enjoying the warmer weather and sun comes with the risk skin cancer. More than three million people are diagnosed each year.

Tuesday, Spectrum Health held free skin cancer screenings. Doctors performed visual inspections of skin, looking for any signs of a problem area.

If a follow-up appointment was needed, doctors sent people home with referral information.

Organizers say clinics like these are popular for people who don't have a dermatologist and have moles or other spots they are concerned about.

"It's a amazing how many times something has been bothering a patient on their skin but they don't think to call a dermatologist. So when you offer a free screening it prompts them to come in and get it evaluated. Usually it's nothing to be concerned about, but it's better to be safe than sorry," says
physician Matt Schwedler.

You can do a self screening for skin cancer: Look for moles that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, unusual coloring or are larger than the size of a pencil eraser. If you see any of those red flags, contact a doctor.

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