Healthy Choices

Sacramento surgeon holds free skin cancer screening Monday

Sacramento skin surgeon Dr. Andrea Willey will hold a free skin cancer screening on Monday through the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOTme program.

Free screenings can help specialists identify skin cancer early. If caught in the preliminary stage, many forms of skin cancer are treatable. Though skin cancer sometimes appears as a dark, raised spot, it can also occur below the surface of the skin or in a flatter, paler form, said Willey in an earlier Bee story on the topic.

People at highest risk for skin cancer include those who spend a lot of time in the sun and those who frequent tanning booths. The National Climatic Data Center lists Sacramento as one of the 10 sunniest cities in the United States.

The average annual incidence rate of melanoma in Sacramento County is 26.3 out of 100,000 for men and 14.5 for women, according to 2004-08 data from the California Cancer Registry, comparable to statewide levels.

“We are currently in the midst of a skin cancer epidemic, and the greatest increase in skin cancer is in young people,” said Willey in a press release. “Skin cancer is curable when caught early. If not caught in time, skin cancers such as melanoma are deadly. That is why free screenings are so important.”

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening

What: Free skin assessment with Dr. Andrea Willey

When: Monday May 4, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: 2277 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite 402

Cost: Free

Contact: 916-922-7546