Skin Cancer Screening

commisiononcancer_accredprog_vertSkin cancer volumes are on the rise. With the goal of early detection, the WVU Cancer Institute offers annual, free skin cancer screening. During this screening, physicians from the WVU Cancer Institute and the WVU Medicine Department of Dermatology provide full body examinations, looking for abnormalities in the skin and using guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

The 2016 screening took place May 17, and 101 community members attended. All skin abnormalities found as a result of the screening were given a presumptive diagnosis. During the event this year, physicians recommended to 28 participants that they have a biopsy performed. An additional 51 participants were referred to a dermatologist.

The presumptive diagnoses included:

  • Seborrheic Keratosis – 25
  • Actinic Keratosis – 31
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma – 11
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma – 5
  • Dysplastic Nevus – 4
  • Congenital Nevus – 5
  • Melanoma – 4
  • Moles– 25

Following the screening, participants received a list of providers and were asked to schedule an appointment with a provider of their choice, as a follow-up to the recommendations given during the screening.

The next skin cancer screening will be 4-7 pm Thursday, May 18, at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 304-598-4500. View the flyer.

Breast Cancer Screening

mother-daughter-bright-beauty-istock_000014673270Breast Cancer is one of the top three cancer diagnoses in West Virginia. Early detection is important, and the WVU Cancer Institute is doing its part by offering a free clinical breast cancer screening.

The 2016 event occurred March 14, and seven participants took part in the activity. WVU Cancer Institute physicians conducted free clinical breast exams, using the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines and recommendations. Participants with suspicious findings were able to be sent immediately to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center for appropriate imaging.

In addition, the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Program is on site at this annual event to screen uninsured patients for eligibility to its program. During the event this year, the seven participants received clinical exams, and eight exams were performed, with one patient receiving both an ultrasound and mammogram. No biopsies were recommended.

The next opportunity to participate in the free clinical breast cancer screening event will be announced soon.