Free skin cancer screenings for detection, prevention month

As part of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the Sparrow Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are partnering to conduct free skin cancer screenings on Tuesday, May 12.

The screenings will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Sparrow Cancer Center, 1215 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing.

Free parking is available on the upper lot of the parking ramp off of Holmes Street. Appointments are required and slots fill up quickly. To schedule an appointment, call 517.364.2689.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Found early, most forms of skin cancer are easily treated. Melanoma accounts for less than 2 percent of all skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of deaths.

“Skin screening is critical for early detection,” said James Herman, M.D., Medical Director of the Sparrow Cancer Center. “The good news is most melanoma can be found early and treated successfully if you know what to look for. That’s why Sparrow is leading the charge through these free skin cancer screenings to help lower skin cancer rates and increase education about skin cancer within our region.”

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is expected to be diagnosed in nearly 74,000 Americans this year, said Ann Moenke, Manager, Hospital Systems-for the American Cancer Society. “Of those, nearly 10,000 cases will prove to be fatal.”

“The major risk factors for melanoma include a personal or family history with the disease and the presence of atypical, large, or numerous moles. Others risk factors include sun sensitivity, a history of overexposure to UV radiation or sunlight, fair skin with blond or red hair, and a weak immune system,” Gardner said.

For more information on skin cancer detection or prevention, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit

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About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. 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, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1.800.227.2345 or visit