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Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so now’s a great time to make sure you’re taking care of your skin and getting screened.

Get Screened

If found early, skin cancer is highly treatable. As your partner in health, we want to make it easier to get the screenings you need. Kaiser Permanente is offering walk-in skin cancer screenings in four of our medical offices—at no cost. No appointment is needed, and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of our commitment to the health of our communities, the screenings are also open to non-Kaiser Permanente members.

To get your no-cost screening at one of these events, go directly to the medical center’s Dermatology Department. Staff there will assist you with the paperwork and guide you to an exam room for the screening. 

If you’re not able to get your screening at one of the events to the right, you can still schedule a screening at the nearest Kaiser Permanente dermatology department (at your specialty care copay) by calling 404-365-0966, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer. The good news is, there are many ways to help protect your skin—and as a bonus, help prevent wrinkles.

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Find shade.
When you can, it’s best to be in the shade, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest.

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Cover up.
When in the sun, it helps to cover skin with long sleeves and pants. Use a hat that’s wide enough to shade your neck and ears. And use sunglasses with UV ray protection. Some sporting goods stores even carry sun-protective clothing.

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Sunscreen the RIGHT way.
  • Wear a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 30.
  • Apply at least 15-30 minutes before going in the sun.
  • Make sure you use enough sunscreen and apply evenly.
  • Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating a lot.
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Don’t be fooled.
Use skin protection no matter how dark your skin is. Although you may not sunburn as easily, you can still get skin cancer.

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Avoid tanning beds.
Sunless tanning creams and sprays are a better alternative.

Check your skin monthly and be sure to look at your back, thighs, and calves. If you see something new or changing, consult a dermatologist. See a dermatologist for a baseline skin check if you have a history of sunburn, extensive outdoor exposure or tanning bed use, or a family history of skin cancer.

Screening Locations

Wednesday, May 1
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gwinnett Comprehensive Medical Center
Dermatology Department
3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Duluth

Southwood Specialty Center
Dermatology Department
2470 Mt. Zion Pkwy., Jonesboro

Wednesday, May 8
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Crescent Medical Center
Dermatology Department
200 Crescent Center Parkway, Tucker

TownPark Comprehensive Medical Center
Dermatology Department
750 TownPark Lane, Kennesaw