May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The Facts:

-Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. 1

-More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually - 11,590 of these cases will be fatal.1 -Non-melanoma skin cancer in the older population increased 77% from 1992-2006.2

-People under 30 years old that use tanning beds increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%.3

-Between 1973-2004, melanoma among women aged 15-39 has more than doubled. 4

-In an international study, melanoma has been linked to tanning bed usage. 4

Soderstrom Skin Institute will provide a FREE Skin Cancer Screening from 8 am to 12 pm, Saturday, May 15, at 1800 E. 54th Street, Davenport..  No appointment is necessary.

About 35 years ago, Soderstrom Skin Institute began FREE skin cancer screenings.  Today, more than 25,000 patients have been checked for atypical spots and changing moles, at Soderstrom Clinics.  Moles or spots that have changed in size, shape, or color, have irregular borders that vary in color, that bleed or itch, or are larger than a pencil eraser, should be examined.

Soderstrom Skin Institute encourages anyone with a changing mole or spot on their skin to have it evaluated for the possibility of skin cancer.  According to Soderstrom, one in 69 people will be diagnosed with a melanoma.  The earlier melanoma is detected and removed, the better a patient's chance for survival.

"If you can spot it, you can stop it," Dr. Soderstrom says.

Over the past 35 years, Soderstrom Skin Institute has grown into one of the most comprehensive skin care facilities in the country.  To learn more, visit

To schedule an appointment at the Davenport office, please call (563) 344-7546.

1 American Cancer Society

2 Archives of Dermatology

3 International Agency for Research of Cancer

4 Skin Cancer Foundation