May 2, 2016 12:17 AM

Free skin cancer screening

On Saturday May 14, the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic will host its fourth annual Skin Cancer Screening from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free at the clinic located at 1317 Jefferson St. and open to all ages with no requirements.

The first-come, first-served style screening is a service made possible by a partnership between local affiliates of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Acadiana Healthy Communities Coalition.

In true Lafayette form, the event is not free of entertainment. Richard Lebouef & Two Step will be rocking from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event coincides with national Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the U.S. The dangers of skin cancer are particularly prevalent in South Louisiana where half of our days are sunny. The good news: Cure rates are high when skin cancer is detected early.

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. Educational materials and referrals for additional services will be provided to patients who are screened. — AJH

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