Saint Thomas Health hospitals host free skin screening May 18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 1, 2013 – May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the Nashville Dermatology Society, in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology and Melanoma Research Foundation, is holding its annual free skin cancer screening program at Baptist Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital, members of Saint Thomas Health, on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon.
No appointments are necessary and participants are asked to wear loose clothing, or gowns will be provided.
Screenings at Baptist Hospital will be conducted on the 5th floor of the hospital in the Early Morning Admissions unit. Participants can park in the Mid-State Medical Center Parking Garage.
Screenings at Saint Thomas Hospital will be conducted in the Pre-Operative Medicine Clinic, located in the Medical Plaza East building, Room G6. Participants can park in the Plaza Garage. All parking is free.
The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.
The Academy’s national Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening prevention program is in its 27th year and is intended to raise awareness of melanoma and urge Americans to regularly examine their skin for signs of this serious form of skin cancer.
Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.
For more information, contact Erin Walters, patient navigator coordinator for Saint Thomas Health, at (615) 222-3299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.
About Saint Thomas Health
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.sths.com.