Free Mole & Skin Cancer Screenings

Posted by: Soderstrom Skin Institute - May, 4th 2016 @ 11:36 am

Soderstrom Skin Institute will provide a Free Mole and Skin Cancer Screening Saturday, July 9 from 8am-12pm at 2100 Jacobssen Drive in Normal. No appointment is needed. Call 309.268.9980 for details.

National Statistics:

  • More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Around 76,000 will be Melanoma. Over 9,000 of these cases will be fatal.
  • There is a 98% survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before it spreads.
  • People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.
  • Skin cancer increased 800% in women 18-39 from 1970-2009.
  • State of Illinois banned anyone under 18 years old from being able to use tanning beds.
  • Melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage.

Soderstrom Skin Institute 2015 Facts:

  • Thousands of skin cancers were found including basal and squamous cell and pre-cancer actinic keratosis.
  • 173 patients were diagnosed with melanoma - the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Dr. Soderstrom recommends a monthly skin self exam. Remember the ABCDE's of moles/spots:
A) Asymmetry - One half not like the other.
B) Borders Irregular - Poorly defined borders.
C) Color Varied - Difference shades of tan, brown, black, white, red or blue.
D) Diameter - Larger than the width of a pencil eraser.
E) Evolving - Changing in any way. Stinging, itching, burning, or bleeding.

"This is a disease that affects all ages and all backgrounds. The earlier melanoma is detected and removed,
the better a patient's chance for survival. If you can spot it, you can stop it, Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has provided this free skin cancer screening service to over 30,000 patients. To learn more, visit

Public Education Program
The medical staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute is available for interviews and presentations on skin cancer, skin cancer surgery, Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, plastic/cosmetic surgery, laser treatment, acne, psoriasis, and all diseases of the skin.

American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, International Agency for Research of Cancer, Skin Cancer Foundation
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education.