May 1, 2015 11:05 AM

May is national Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month and to prepare Acadiana residents for the summer sun the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic is hosting the 4th Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening this Saturday, which is available through a partnership between local affiliates of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Acadiana Healthy Communities Coalition.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and it accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. And while roughly more than half of our days in Louisiana are sunny, melanoma can be prevented and cure rates are much better when skin cancer is detected early.

This skin cancer screening event is open to all ages on a first-come, first-served basis with no eligibility requirements and, of course, walk-ins are welcome. Live entertainment will be provided by the CajunNation band from 9-11 a.m.

Coalition members participating in this free screening event include the American Cancer Society, Cancer Center of Acadiana, and others affiliated with the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program who will be on hand to offer educational materials and referrals for additional services to patients who are screened.

The 4th Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, located 1317 Jefferson St., in Lafayette. To attend this screening, RSVP toacadianaskin@gmail.com. For more information about the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, call 337-593-9208 or visit www.lchcc.net.

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