Big Island Dermatologist Offers Free Cancer Screening

May 4, 2016, 1:16 PM HST
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cancer screeningIn recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology will offer free skin cancer screenings on the Big Island.

For the past five years, the offices of Dr. Scheel, located in Kailua-Kona and Waimea, have offered screenings to help combat against cancer.

One in five people will get some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, with an even higher rate if you live in Hawai`i and magnified further if you are an outdoor athlete, according to Dr. Scheel’s office.

The statistics note that one in 25 people will get melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime, with one person dying from melanoma skin cancer every hour in the United States.

Dr. Scheel’s primary skin cancer detection and prevention event will take place on Tuesday, May 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kailua-Kona office, located above Costco.


The event is free to the public, open to anyone on the Big Island, and is appropriate for all ages and skin types.


Participants should wear loose clothing. A spot check will be conducted by a dermatology professional and participants will be able to see UV damage in a skin scope, learn how to protect their skin, and find out about the danger signs of skin cancer.

Free sunscreen and snacks will be provided.

Other May events sponsored by Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology include:

  • Thursday, May 12th, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: a talk on skin cancer and prevention by Marné CarMichael Walsh, PA-C, at Tutu’s House in Waimea.
  • Sunday, May 15th, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Free Senior Screening at North Hawai`i Community Hospital.
  • Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Skin Cancer and Prevention talk by Dr. Scheel (sponsored by Kona Community Hospital) at West Hawai`i Civic Center.

Dr. Monica Scheel is a an American Academy of Dermatology member. Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month is sponsored by AAD.

For more information, call Dr. Scheel’s Kailua-Kona office at 329-1146 or Waimea office at 885-3376.

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