Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System are teaming up to offer free skin cancer screenings on Saturday, April 26.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Gundersen Onalaska Clinic. Registration for the screenings opened Wednesday, April 23.
Protection from the sun and early detection of skin cancer is crucial to the prevention or successful treatment of skin cancer, according to dermatologists. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon, according to Gundersen Health System.
Dr. Stephen Webster, a dermatologist at Gundersen Health System, said there are two populations who really need to get checked. One is men who are too stubborn to have regular check-ups. The other is young women, especially those who use tanning beds.
"And that is new. When I was in training in the 50s you'd see it in old men, rarely in women and particularly not in younger women, now we're unfortuantely seeing it quite commonly in younger women, and that's the era of the tanning booths," dr. Webster said.