Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, yet one of the hardest to prevent. Exposure to ultraviolet rays happens during any outdoor activity – rain or shine – and can lead to skin cancer. For more than 20 years, Medical City Plano has provided free skin cancer screenings during National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and for the first time, the Frisco campus will open their doors to the community to provide the same resource. On Saturday, May 6, from 8am-Noon, skin cancer screenings will be offered at the Frisco campus in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the DFW Dermatological Societies.
It was at this screening in 2013 that Eileen Kirrane, RN, director of education for Medical City Plano, discovered that she had a melanoma on her left forearm. Kirrane had helped staff the hospital screenings for several years and decided to get screened because she was concerned about a pink spot on her skin that had recently developed, as well as her sister’s recent discovery of a pink area diagnosed as a melanoma. It turned out that a freckle on her left arm – something Kirrane didn’t think looked concerning – was diagnosed as melanoma.
“My dad had freckles that looked just like that, so I didn’t think anything of it because it had been there for years,” said Kirrane. “I’m very thankful I got checked that day and look forward to helping again this year to provide this same life-changing service to others who may be in the same situation I was in.”
Kirrane’s melanoma was successfully removed by a Medical City Plano surgical oncologist during a routine surgical procedure. She now gets checked regularly and encourages her friends and family to do the same.
“Free skin cancer screenings like these are sometimes the only skin cancer screenings many receive and we’re proud to serve as a community resource,” said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “Eileen’s story shows us that even medical professionals are not immune to these diagnoses and that with early detection these screenings identify possible cancerous cells earlier than an individual can on their own. We encourage the public to use Medical City Frisco’s free skin care screening day as a resource and become an advocate for their own health and wellness.”
Screenings will take place at inside the main entrance at Medical City Frisco, 5500 Frisco Square Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to Noon. Dermatologists will screen each person in private exam rooms by checking moles and other suspicious skin spots for signs of cancer to determine if further analysis is necessary. No appointment is necessary and screenings are on a first come basis, with each screening estimated to last 30 minutes or less. Children under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian present.
About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.