Free skin cancer screening offered at Unity institute

Physicians will perform free skin cancer screening Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Unity, located in the Fridley Medical Center, Suite 200, 480 Osborne Road N.E., Fridley.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Excessive exposure to the sun, sunburns, a family history and certain types of moles and lesions are associated with skin cancer.

High-risk individuals or those without regular dermatologic care are encouraged to register for this screening.

Individuals who have a higher risk of developing melanoma are those who have fair skin and a history of excessive exposure to the sun, have many moles or have a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with melanoma.

Reservations are required, because space is limited. Call 763-236-5606 to make an appointment.

Appointments are offered on a first-requested, first-served basis until appointment schedules are filled.

Dermatologists Drs. Mathew Larson and Ann Norland and Oncologist Dr. David King will conduct rapid screenings for unusual moles or lesions that could signify the onset of melanoma or the more common types of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

This free screening is offered as a public service by the American Academy of Dermatology, Mercy Hospital of Allina Health, Associated Skin Care Specialists, Columbia Park Medical Group/Fairview and Minnesota Oncology.

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute is part of Allina Health and dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health has 90-plus clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services. Learn more at

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