Several skin cancers identified at free screening in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Doctors said a few people were diagnosed with skin cancer during a free skin cancer screening Saturday. Several others were asked to come back for a biopsy.

The event was held at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center thanks to ECU Dermatology and Vidant Cancer Care.

Doctors said, due to the outdoor lifestyle many live in the East, getting an annual skin cancer screening is extremely important.

“If they work out in the sun, play out in the sun, have a fairer skin type where they’re more likely to sunburn, they’re at risk for skin cancer. So we offer this community screening really as much as an educational tool as to identify cancer,” said Dr. Charles Phillips with ECU Dermatology.

WNCT’s Josh Birch, who was diagnosed with skin cancer three years ago, was also screened during the event.

May marks National Skin Cancer Awareness month. Skin cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer.

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