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Who can receive a free Friends & Family skin cancer screening?

A friend or family member of a KMC patient or staff member who has never been a patient.

What is a skin cancer screening?

A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. No blood work is conducted at a screening.

Why are skin cancer screenings necessary?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States; in fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. People of all colors and races can get skin cancer. There are many different types of skin cancer, including actinic keratoses (AK), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common forms of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most deadly. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for BCC and SCC is about 95 percent. When melanoma is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate. Regular self-skin exams and regular examinations by a dermatologist help people find early skin cancers.

Is the skin cancer screening free of charge?

Yes. However, treatments and follow up are not part of the screening.

Who will provide the skin cancer screening?

Friends & Family screenings are performed by a trained skin care professional who is committed to detecting skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage and reducing incidence of the disease by raising awareness of effective skin cancer prevention techniques.

How long with the screening take?

Screenings take approximately 10 minutes, including completing the paperwork and getting your skin checked.

Which areas of my body will be screened for skin cancer?

If the screening is in a private setting, a full-body screening can be provided if you desire. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full-body examinations whenever possible. If the screening is in a public setting with limited privacy, only exposed areas (face, neck, arms, hands, etc.) will be visually inspected for skin cancer.

Will the screening take the place of my regular exam with my dermatologist or physician?

This is a rapid screening for skin cancer and should not replace or be a substitute for a regular examination.

Can I ask the medical personnel to look at my skin for other dermatologic conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.?

Free skin cancer screenings are for skin cancer only. Seek advice from your regular dermatologist for other dermatologic concerns. If you do not have a dermatologist, ask our staff to help you select a provider who aligns with your care goals.

Why do I have to complete the form?

The Registration and Report Personal Health Information (PHI) form is used to record your screening with both the volunteer medical personnel and the American Academy of Dermatology. The document also gives you a record of the screening details and should be used for follow-up treatment with your dermatologist if a suspicious lesion is found. The information provided at the bottom of the form communicates your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Your signature is required to demonstrate your acknowledgement of these rights.

How will the Academy use my personal information?

The American Academy of Dermatology's Program is committed to maintaining the highest level of confidentiality regarding participants’ information that is collected, used, maintained, and disclosed. Participant information is used and disclosed only for the Program’s mission-related activities and operations, and in other limited circumstances such as when required for law enforcement or for public health activities. Read the Academy’s complete Statement of Privacy to learn more.

What if I don't have health insurance?

If you do not have health insurance, you can still get medical care. Find out how to follow up after a skin cancer screening if you do not have insurance.

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