Cartersville, GA – The Hope Center at Cartersville Medical Center and Southeast Dermatology Specialists will hold a free American Academy of Dermatology SPOTme™ skin cancer screening on Friday, May 14 from 8:30am – 3:30pm at Southeast Dermatology Specialists located in The Hope Center at 100 Market Place Blvd., Suite 300.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and everyone is at risk, even those with darker skin colors,” said Keith Harris, MD. “While skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, it can be deadly. That’s why free screenings like this one are so important.”

Last year, the annual event was canceled due to COVID-19. In previous years, an average of 60 – 100 individuals participated annually and in 2017 there were 21 participants who received recommendation for biopsy.

"Unlike other cancers, skin cancer can be detected by a dermatologist during a visual exam of your skin,” said Dr. Harris. “A skin cancer screening only takes a few minutes and it could save your life.”

SPOTme™ is the free skin cancer screening program of the American Academy of Dermatology. Since 1985, Academy dermatologists have conducted more than 2.4 million free skin cancer screenings and have detected nearly 248,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 27,500 suspected melanomas.

To register for the May 14th screening event in Cartersville, please call MedLine at (800) 242-5662 or visit CartersvilleMedical.com.

To learn more about the SPOTme™ free skin cancer screening program, visit the AAD website.

About SPOTme®

The SPOTme® skin cancer screening program, supported by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, is part of the Academy’s larger SPOT Skin Cancer initiative, a campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer. Since 1985, Academy dermatologists have conducted more than 2.4 million free skin cancer screenings and have detected nearly 248,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 27,500 suspected melanomas. To learn more about the SPOTme® campaign and to find free skin cancer screenings near you, visit SPOTme.org.

American Academy of Dermatology

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).