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Free Skin Cancer Screening Clinic returns May 4 to KU School of Medicine-Wichita

More than 300 people received free screenings last year at the free clinic, which is provided by Wichita-area dermatologists.

Skin Cancer Screening Clinic logoHave a spot on your skin you're concerned about? The Wichita Area Skin Cancer Screening Clinic is returning Saturday, May 4, to KU School of Medicine-Wichita, offering free skin cancer checks to the community.

The popular clinic is provided by Wichita-area dermatologists in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology, KU School of Medicine-Wichita, United Way of the Plains and the Medical Society of Sedgwick County.

The free clinic will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at the east entrance (patient entrance) at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, 1001 N. Minneapolis, Wichita, KS 67214.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer by the age of 70.

During the last free Wichita Area Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, in May 2023 at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, 312 people received free skin cancer screenings, an increase from the 269 screenings provided in 2022. Dermatologists reported detecting the following from those screenings in 2023: nine possible melanomas, two possible squamous cell carcinomas, 23 possible basal cell carcinomas, 63 actinic keratoses and 19 atypical nevi. Of the 312 people screened, it was suggested that 35% follow up with a dermatologist for further care.

Since the start of this free clinic, which is in its 34th year, local dermatologists have screened more than 10,000 patients. Of those patients, approximately 43% were diagnosed with a cancerous or pre-cancerous lesion.

For more information about this clinic, call 316-777-6104 or visit the clinic's Facebook page.

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