People in Windsor were able to get screened for melanoma and skin cancer at a free mobile skin cancer screening unit on Friday. I was also educated on how to self-examine for melanoma and skin cancer while emphasizing the importance of sun protection.
This moving pop-up was brought to Windsor by Melanoma Canada, a registered charity.
“This is very helpful for people trying to control their cancer,” said Andy Jun, a patient with the Wheeled Mall Mobile Skin Cancer Testing Unit.
Jun said there was a history of cancer in his family, and one of the main reasons was that it was discovered too late. When you realize that stage 4 is all you can do, it’s a painful, slow death. ”
The waiting time at the mole mobile was about 1 to 2 hours. People had the opportunity to register in advance or come in person. Canada Melanoma said about 85 people were tested on Friday.
“I would rather wait hours to see a doctor than months or weeks to see a doctor,” Jun said.
Jun said he had to cross the border to get tested about 10 years ago.
“I needed to see Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan because I had what looked like moles and spots on my body. I didn’t have to wait months or weeks to see a doctor. I heard about a free clinic, so I took the opportunity to check it out.”
The Mole Mobile Skin Cancer Screening Unit on Wheels visits major Canadian cities with long wait times to reduce time to diagnosis, dermatologist visits, underprivileged communities, rural and indigenous areas. to visit
There is a shortage of dermatologists in Canada
“It’s kind of a Plan B, but it’s a Plan B that works,” said a former dermatologist in Niagara Falls, Ontario, who donated his time to help screen people with MoleMobile. Dr. Mike Connolly said.
Connolly added that the mobile clinic is a relief for those who have to wait months to get an appointment.
“It would be nice if everyone had enough GPs and dermatologists so that they could see their GPs during epidemics and visit dermatologists in a timely manner, but unfortunately there is no way to do that. That’s the situation now,” he added.
Another way, Connolly said, would be to speed up the licensing process for healthcare workers, who “will be an invaluable resource.”
“I think things have definitely changed and people are taking longer to book appointments than they used to,” Connolly said.
Ontario today51:39How difficult is it to get a skin cancer diagnosis?
Connolly believes that current lifestyles are causing far more people with melanoma and skin cancer in Canada than they were when he first started practicing. “What I would encourage people to change is to change their sun exposure, especially anything like the tanning bed, which is a very important part of melanoma. ”
“Melanoma is a very serious cancer that often affects young people in their prime, and because it is a highly aggressive cancer, it needs to be detected and treated quickly,” said Professor Connolly.
Farrin Katz, CEO of Melanoma Canada, also argued for the need for more dermatologists in Canada.
“This really sheds light on the problem and is intended to be a temporary solution. We need clinics that can be accessed more quickly, and cancer tests need to be done faster.” Katz said.
“We need more medical professionals, we need them now,” she added.
Mole Mobile is coming to Chatham Kent on Saturday.Find more information here.