Centegra Sage Cancer Center, in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), celebrates the Academy’s 27th year of National Melanoma Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by offering free skin cancer screenings. Centegra will host, for the third year, The Road to Healthy Skin Tour at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 2.Sponsored by the Skin Cancer Foundation, The Road to Healthy Skin Tour is a van that will make more than 80 stops in 24 states to provide free full-body skin exams. Dr. Suleman Bangash, a board-certified dermatologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, serves as Centegra’s American Academy of Dermatology advisor for this year’s skin cancer screening program and will be one of the physicians providing the screening on June 2.”These skin cancer screenings provide a thorough skin exam to detect any skin cancers or pre-cancerous lesions,” said Dr. Bangash. “These screenings do not take the place of an annual exam by a primary care physician.” The screenings will take place in private rooms on the van and are quick, easy and potentially life saving. The tour will provide printed informational materials and sunscreen samples to help protect skin. Skin cancer screenings take place on a first-come, first-served basis.Over the past three years, The Road to Healthy Skin Tour has enabled dermatologists to discover:
- 200 suspected melanomas
- 2,202 suspected actinic keratoses (the most common form of precancerous cells)
- 970 suspected basal cell carcinomas
- 362 suspected squamous cell carcinomas.
In addition, free blood pressure screenings will be conducted on Centegra’s Mobile Health Unit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Road to Healthy Skin Tour is only one of the many screening programs offered by Centegra. Centegra Health System and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation partner year-round to raise awareness of the importance of early cancer detection. The Get Checked! Program provides information about lifestyle changes and guidelines for routine screenings that can make a big difference in one’s life.The Gavers Cancer Resource Library is also featured in Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry and offers touch-screen computers, a library inventory of books, journals and booklets. Information in the library is available in English and Spanish.Centegra Health System is recognized as being one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, with state-of-the-art equipment and practices, the Centegra Sage Cancer Center is staffed with a team of highly specialized oncology professionals.