Monday, May 6, is the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual Melanoma Monday, and Ark-La-Tex Dermatology will conduct free skin cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to noon at its locations in Shreveport and Bossier City. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., will conduct screenings in the Bossier clinic located in Suite 400 of the Medical Office Building II, 2300 Hospital Drive. Sarah Glorioso, M.D., will conduct screenings at their Shreveport clinic located in Suite 830 of WK Pierremont Health Center, 8001 Youree Drive.
Anyone interested in receiving a free skin cancer screening can register on the Willis-Knighton website (www.wkhs.com/classes) or by calling (318) 212-8225.
The Melanoma Monday campaign was designed to raise awareness of malignant melanoma. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.
The American Cancer Society's estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2013: About 76,690 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 45,060 in men and 31,630 in women). The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. About 9,480 people are expected to die of melanoma this year.