MD Anderson provides skin cancer screenings and education to Vecino patients

Evelyn Rocha (left photo), Dr. Saira George and Yanneth Rivera of MD Anderson (at left and right in right photo, with Felix Escano of Vecino Health Centers) at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic providing free skin cancer screenings to patients

Did you know that people of all skin colors can develop skin cancer? It’s one of the easiest cancers to detect and most types are highly curable. It’s important to know where how to look for spots that could be melanoma or other types of skin cancer. That’s true no matter how light or dark your skin is.

More than 30 established Vecino patients recently received skin exams from MD Anderson Cancer Center’s specialists. The screenings help detect skin cancer at it earliest stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are great.

The team from MD Anderson Center, including Evelyn Rocha, Dr. Saira George and Yanneth Rivera also helped patients learn how to be familiar with their skin and the types of changes that should be reported to their doctor right away.

Keep track of spots on all parts of your skin

“While using sunscreen is important, keeping track of the spots on your skin also is a must for protecting your skin,” according to MD Anderson specialists. “Basal and squamous cell cancers occur mainly on the parts of your body that have been exposed to the sun, such as your head and neck. The most common locations for melanomas in men are the chest and back. In women, the legs are the most common site.”

Learn how to perform a self-exam for skin cancer and more at MDAnderson.org.