Melanoma Monday is back after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Allina Health will once again be offering free skin cancer screenings on Monday, May 2 to mark the day and remind people that most skin cancer is highly treatable if caught early, but if unnoticed or ignored, can be deadly.

Call 612-262-6800 to reserve a time from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at Allina Health Cambridge Clinic, 701 Dellwood St. S., Cambridge.

Skin cancer affects one in five Americans and Minnesota has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma in the nation. Over the past decade, Minnesota is also among several states that have experienced an increase in both melanoma incidence and death rates from the disease.

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk for melanoma. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that everyone follow these sun protection guidelines:

• Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest;

• Seek shade whenever possible;

• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and re-apply every two hours;

• Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and

• Follow the “Shadow Rule” – if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to sunburn.

“Skin cancer has a 95% cure rate if detected and treated early,” said dermatologist Elizabeth Farhat, M.D., one of the Allina Health dermatologists who will help conduct the free cancer screenings. “Melanoma Monday serves as a way to encourage everyone to practice sun-safe behaviors and conduct regular skin self-examinations. I hope Americans will take advantage of the free screening opportunities being provided.”

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