Patient #44

Earlier this year, we did a skin screening in eastern North Carolina. That day, we were busy, and we could tell we might not be able to get to everyone. We cut it off at patient #44, telling anyone else that we’d have to see them another day.

Patient #44 had many moles, but nothing that stood out to her.  Yet something brought her to that free screening that day. For her, the screening involved waiting and perhaps she wondered, “Do I really need to be seen? Is this worth the time?”

One of her spots turned out to be cancerous. Her decision to show up that day made the difference between early intervention and too late.

We were so happy to be a resource for patient #44 that day. But what about patient #45 and the others we have to turn away? We hope those people came to a future screening, but what we really want is to be able to check every patient who is brave enough to show up.

Melanoma is well known to be the most serious and deadly form of skin cancer, statistically one person dies every single hour from melanoma. But there’s good news – if it’s detected early, prognosis is usually very good. This is why one of our foundation’s main goals is early detection.

Patient #44 is why we do what we do – we give people an easy (and free!) way to get their skin checked. We are always thinking about ways we can do it bigger. In fact, we are hosting the biggest skin-screening event ever. On May 18, we will attempt to set a mark recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for “largest skin cancer screening.” The current record for largest skin cancer screening involved 780 participants at an event put on by Kaiser Permanente in 2011, we can beat that.

Will you be a part of the largest skin-screening attempt? On May 18, we want to screen at least 780 patients. A few minutes could save your life. Please be a part of this historic event by scheduling your spot here.


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