Clearwater, Florida. If you have a suspicious mole that you want to test, the Moffett Cancer Center’s Mole Patrol will be doing free cancer screenings towards the end of July.
Doctors, nurses, and medical practitioners will be located at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, where you can get screened for skin, head, neck, and mouth cancers free of charge. Mole Patrol will also provide sunscreen and educational materials. You can visit any time from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, July 29th.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, and more people are diagnosed each year in the US than all other cancers combined. The Melanoma Goal Foundation reports that Florida has the second highest number of new melanoma cases in the nation, making living in Florida a risk factor for skin cancer.
Other risk factors include light skin color, freckles, blue or green eyes, and blonde hair, but in fact, people of all ethnic groups can develop melanoma. Doctors note a particular increase in cases among Hispanics and Hispanics.
A 2022 QuoteWizard study found that while skin cancer cases are on the rise in Florida, the death rate is declining. This is because people are likely to be diagnosed and treated sooner. Melanoma can be prevented if you have a protection strategy in place: avoid going outside during peak sunlight hours, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, even on cloudy days.