Free Skin Cancer Screening Headed to BRG Mid City

BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) is offering a free skin cancer screening Thursday, June 13 at its Mid City campus. The screening will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with physicians on hand to check for suspicious spots on the skin.

“One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime,” said Dr. Azeen Sadeghian, a dermatologist. “While it is the most common type of cancer, it is also highly curable with early detection and proper treatment.”

Skin cancer affects people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups. Although the risk is higher in people with fair skin, and light hair and eyes, those with darker skin are more often diagnosed in the later stages, when it’s harder to treat. One of the most common signs of skin cancer is a mole or freckle that changes size, shape, color or texture, especially over a short period of time.

One of the most serious types of skin cancer is melanoma, which is one of the most common cancers among young adults. BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center has one of the nation’s only programs for treating metastatic melanoma with IL-2 therapy, bringing in patients from all over the country.

The skin cancer screening is free, but participants should reserve a spot. If further testing is necessary, participants will be referred to a dermatologist or other specialist.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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