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WVU Medicine offers skin cancer screenings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and the WVU Cancer Institute are sponsoring an American Academy of Dermatology SPOTme skin cancer screening from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4 at The Wellness Center.

Erik Hurst, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, will be performing the free screenings. “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and everyone is at risk, even those with darker skin colors,” Dr. Hurst said. “Though skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, it can also be deadly, which is why free screenings like this are so important.” 

Unlike other cancers, skin cancer can be detected by a dermatologist during a visual examination of the skin. This screening only takes a few minutes and can save lives.

Since 1985, Academy dermatologists have conducted more than 2.4 million free cancer screenings and have detected nearly 238,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 26,500 suspected melanomas.

The free skin cancer screenings are open to the public, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call The Wellness Center at 304-264-1232.