GRASS VALLEY, Calif. November 1, 2016 – Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Community Cancer Center is hosting a free skin cancer screening for community members on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. – noon.

Dr. Matthew Muellenhoff and Adam Payne, PA-C, will be performing visual examinations on a first come first served basis (no appointments will be taken) in the SNMH Community Cancer Center Living Room.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. In fact, it accounts for nearly half of those found in the United States and roughly 3.3 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.

Risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention some general risk factors include having: lighter natural skin color; blue or green eyes; blond or red hair; a history of sunburns; a history of indoor tanning; skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun; and certain types of moles and a large number of moles.

Health care professionals suggest that you check your skin regularly. Look for asymmetry, irregular borders, different color and shades, spots larger than ¼ inch, and moles that are changing.

The Community Cancer Center is located in the Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center, Building 3, Lower Level. For more information, please contact (530) 274-6883.