Skin Cancer Screening
Reveals Hidden Threat of Melanoma

Mid Coast Hospital held its annual Skin Cancer Screening Saturday, May 12th. The screening was made possible by a collaborative effort that included support from The American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society, and Mid Coast Hospital.

Mid Coast-affiliated dermatology experts, Dr. Nancy Egan, Mary Mraz, NP, Susan Leveille, NP, and Dr. Helge Riemann performed the screenings, which were provided free to the public. Of the 159 individuals screened, 46 had positive findings. The screening identified potentially life-threatening cancers in 29% of participants. Individuals with positive findings were encouraged to seek follow up care from the provided list of area dermatologists.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with one person dying from melanoma each hour. Mid Coast Hospital collaborates annually to provide the free exams in hopes of promoting early detection and treatment to prevent possible cancer from progressing.

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers. To reduce your risk: generously apply a water resistant sun screen (look for “broad-spectrum” SPF 30 or more), avoid tanning beds, and report any unusual changes of your skin to your primary care provider.