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Published on April 08, 2015

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will offer free skin cancer screenings for men and women 18 and older from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, on the second floor of the cancer center at One Hospital Drive.

Each screening will include a physical examination of a person’s exposed skin, including face, neck, arms and hands. The screening process is painless and takes less than five minutes. The screenings will be performed by skin specialists from the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology.

“Though skin cancer can affect anyone, certain characteristics can make you more at risk of developing skin cancer,” said Dana Ward, M.D., a dermatologist at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and associate professor of dermatology at the MU School of Medicine. “People who have moles or freckles, light-colored eyes, naturally red or blond hair and fair skin tones can be more susceptible to developing skin cancer. People who sunburn easily, spend a lot of time outdoors and have a family history of skin cancer also are at risk and should be screened.”

According to Ward, the three most common types of skin cancer — basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma — are treated most effectively when caught early, so people should be familiar with their skin and watch for new moles and other changes. Any new moles or other skin changes should be looked at by a physician as soon as possible.

Space is limited and reservations are required to receive a free screening. To register, please contact Angela Winterbower, coordinator of outreach programs at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, at (573) 884-2049 or

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, is a certified member of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Network®. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center offers patients with all types of cancers a comprehensive health team and innovative diagnostic and treatment options.