Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston provides free skin cancer screening for the public

from Staff Reports

For the 14th year, dermatologists and certified dermatological providers from Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston will offer free skin cancer screenings for new patients on Tuesday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m at 2180 Henry Tecklenburg Dr. (behind Lowe’s) and and Tuesday, May 21, from 5-7 p.m. at 1364 Ashley River Road.

Organized by Dr. Todd Schlesinger, a Board Certified Dermatologist, Dermasurgeon and Cosmetic Dermatologist, the screenings will take place at the offices of Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston. Providers will be available to answer questions regarding skin cancer, prevention and treatment. Last month, Schlesinger was named SC Dermatologist of the Year Award by The South Carolina Academy of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery.

To raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, and to encourage early detection through self-exams, the American Academy of Dermatology designates May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one person dies of melanoma every hour (actually every 52 minutes).  Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. This year there will be more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

Prevention starts with daily use of sunscreens, and protective clothing.  It includes avoiding unprotected exposure to the sun and not using tanning beds. Learn to appreciate and care for your skin, the largest organ in the human body and the first line of defense against infection and disease.

Registration for the event is required and may be made by phoning (843) 556-8886, visiting their website or

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