Raising skin cancer awareness on 'Melanoma Monday,' throughout May

HOUSTON – It’s the first Monday of May which also means it’s National Melanoma Monday.  Created by the American Academy of Dermatology, the day is all about raising awareness of skin cancer and how it can be caught in its early stages.

It's #MelanomaMonday - the first Monday of May with the purpose of spreading awareness about skin cancer. MD Anderson has doctors on site at KPRC2 / Click2Houston to provide free screenings to staff. Follow me along to see what takes place during one of these screenings and feel free to ask questions!

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To help promote the day, KPRC has teamed up with MD Anderson dermatologists to provide free skin cancer screenings throughout the day for its employees.  Approximately sixty staff members signed up for the screenings to include several on-air personalities.

The screenings begin with a simple pre-screening form which asks the individual a bit about their family history, sun exposure experience, tanning bed usage, and severity of past sun burns. 

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After filling out the form, each person is led into a private screening room and joined by a doctor.  It is up to the person being screened how much of their skin is checked and in what areas.  The entire process takes less than ten minutes and at the end of it doctors are able to give each person a clean bill of skin health or let them know specifically what areas need further testing and why.

Though today’s event was only for KPRC employees, everyone in the Greater Houston Area has the opportunity to take advantage of a free skin cancer screening.  

VIDEO: Ryan Korsgard's melanoma message 

MD Anderson and other health organizations are hosting free screenings for the public across the Houston area on May 13. 

A melanoma  screening is a simple visual inspection of the skin by a medical professional and only takes about 10 minutes.

You can have your skin checked by making an appointment with MD Anderson online, by calling 1-877-632-6789 or visiting the following locations on May 13 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.:

Cancer Prevention Center
Duncan Building, Floor 2, 1155 Pressler Street

Sugar Land
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 200

Bay Area
18100 St. John Drive, Suite 320
Nassau Bay

The following locations are also offering free melanoma screening on May 13 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.: 

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Bayshore Medical Center- Pasadena