Free event coincides with National Skin Cancer Awareness Month
PLANO – Five years ago, Eileen Kirrane, RN, director of education for Medical City Plano discovered that she had a melanoma on her left forearm during a life-saving skin cancer screening event at the hospital. Medical City Plano is hosting its annual free skin cancer screening event on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. – noon in recognition of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the DFW Dermatological Societies.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, yet one of the hardest to prevent. Exposure to ultraviolet rays happens during any outdoor activity – rain or shine – and can lead to skin cancer. One in five will be diagnosed, but when caught early, it can have a 98% cure rate. Medical City Plano has been providing free skin cancer screenings as a public service for more than 20 years.
Kirrane had helped organize the hospital screenings for several years and decided to get screened after noticing a pink spot on her skin that had recently developed. It turned out that a freckle on her left arm – something Kirrane did not think looked concerning – was diagnosed as melanoma.
“My dad had freckles that looked just like that, so I didn’t think anything of it when they started to develop,” said Kirrane. “I’m very thankful I got checked that day and look forward to helping again this year to provide this same life-changing service to others who may be in the same situation I was in.”
Kirrane’s melanoma was successfully removed by a Medical City Plano physician. She now receives routine skin check-ups and encourages her friends and family to do the same.
“Free skin cancer screenings like these are sometimes the only skin cancer screenings many receive and we’re proud to serve as a community resource,” said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “Eileen’s story shows us that even medical professionals are not immune to these diagnoses and that with early detection these screenings identify possible cancerous cells when the disease is treatable.”
Screenings will take place in the North Atrium Lobby (use Emergency Department entrance) inside Medical City Plano, 3901 W. 15th Street, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon. Registration for a screening ends at 11:30. Dermatologists will screen each person in private exam rooms by checking moles and other suspicious skin spots for signs of cancer to determine if further analysis is necessary. No appointment is necessary and screenings are on a first come basis, with each screening estimated to last 30 minutes or less. Children under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian present.