Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Over the past few decades, more people have been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer than all other cancers combined and nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Over the past few decades, more people have been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer than all other cancers combined and nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States.

Some risk factors for skin cancer include a lighter natural skin color, reddish hair, family history of skin cancer, history of indoor tanning, history of sunburns (especially early in life), and skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily.

“If you have any of these risk factors, you should see a doctor for a skin cancer screening at least once a year,” said Dr. Schuyler Metlis with Hannibal Regional Medical Group. “Catching cancer early often allows for more treatment options, and if you have skin cancer, finding it early is the best way to make sure it can be treated with success.”

Beginning in March and going through May, Dr. Metlis will be hosting free skin cancer screenings throughout the region. The screenings are free, however space is limited and an appointment is required. Dr. Metlis will be available for screenings on the following dates and times:

Hannibal: Wednesday, March 20 — 4 to 7:00 p.m. or Friday, March 29 — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call 573-629-3500 to schedule

Canton: Thursday, April 11 — 1 to 3 p.m. Call 573-288-5360 to schedule

Monroe City: Wednesday, April 17 — 9 to 11:00 a.m. Call 573-735-2506 to schedule

Shelbina: Wednesday, April 17 — 1 to 3 p.m. Call 573-588-4131 to schedule

Louisiana: Monday, May 20 — 9 to 11 a.m. Call 573-754-5555 to schedule

Bowling Green: Wednesday, May 20 — 1 to 3 p.m. Call 573-324-2241 to schedule

As part of Hannibal Regional, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group (HRMG) is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri residents. HRMG family and specialty physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hannibal Regional Medical Group has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Hannibal, Louisiana, Monroe City and Shelbina, as well as two Express Care clinics in Hannibal.