Skin Cancer Screening
Skin 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 2018 screening took place May 9, and 94 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 21 participants that they have a biopsy performed. An additional 42 participants were referred to a dermatologist.
The presumptive diagnoses included:
- Seborrheic Keratosis – 46
- Actinic Keratosis – 20
- Basal Cell Carcinoma – 3
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – 1
- Dysplastic Nevus – 11
- Congenital Nevus – 6
- Melanoma – 0
- Moles– 37
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 announced in early 2019.