Tulane Medical Center to offer free skin cancer screenings

April 29, 2015

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

Tulane University School of Medicine’s Dermatology Department will offer free skin cancer screenings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8, in the Dermatology Clinic on the fifth floor of Tulane Medical Center, 1415 Tulane Ave.

“Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, occurring in 1 in 5 Americans,” said Dr. Andrea Murina, assistant professor of dermatology. “We encourage everyone to take charge of their health and participate in our free skin cancer screening opportunity.”

The free screenings involve full- or upper-body skin assessments or spot skin checks 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.

No treatments or biopsies will be performed, and appointments are not necessary. Walk-in patients are welcomed.

Skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers, and melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Incidence rates for melanoma have been increasing steadily for the last 30 years. Approximately 131,810 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. 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.

Validated parking is available in Tulane’s LaSalle St. Garage, located on the corner of Tulane and LaSalle streets.

For more information on Tulane’s free skin cancer screenings, please contact the Tulane Dermatology Clinic at 504-988-1700.

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