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.  In 2018 it is estimated that over 178,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed. 

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,” says 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 April and going through June, Dr. Metlis will be hosting free skin cancer screenings throughout the region. Space is limited and an appointment is required.  

Dr. Metlis will be available for screenings on the following dates and times:

• Shelbina: April 6, - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Call (573) 588-4131 to schedule.

• Monroe City: April 6, - 1 - 3 p.m. Call (573) 735-2506 to schedule.

• Hannibal: April 23, - 3 - 6 p.m. or May 9 – 8:30 - 11 a.m. Call (573) 629-3500 to schedule.

• Louisiana: May 25 - 9- 11 a.m. Call (573) 754-5555 to schedule.

• Bowling Green:  May  - 1 - 3:30 m. Call (573) 324-2241 to schedule.

• Canton: June 21 - 1 - 3:30 p.m. Call (573) 288-5360 to schedule.