Griffin Hospital offers free skin cancer screenings

With the arrival of summer, Griffin Hospital will offer free skin cancer screenings from 4-7 p.m. on July 17 and Aug. 8 at the hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.

Some symptoms are not noticeable, so skin cancer screenings are advised. To make an appointment, call 203-732-1280.

Most common form of cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States.

More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the country each year.

Risk factors

Risk factors for skin cancer include unprotected or excessive exposure to sunlight or tanning booths, having pale skin, family history, multiple or unusual moles, severe sunburns in the past, and occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds or radium.

Symptoms to look for

Skin cancer can be found and treated early by looking for these symptoms:

— Any change on your skin, especially in the size or color of a mole, growth or spot, or a new growth (even if it has no color).

— Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or a change in the way a bump or nodule looks.

— The spread of pigmentation (color) beyond its border, such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark.

— A change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness or pain.

If you have any of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately or go to to find a local dermatologist.