State police colonel urges citizens to get tested for skin cancer

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 6:34pm

The Colonel of the Louisiana State Police is urging you to get screened for skin cancer as part of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Colonel Mike Edmonson was recently diagnosed with a type of skin cancer, but because of early detection, he's expected to make a complete recovery.

“You're not a doctor - you know some people think ‘I know my body. I know there is nothing wrong or whatever it is there it will go away.’ It may go away, but where it goes could cause a lot of problems later on,” said Edmonson.

The American Cancer Society says 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year; early detection is the key.

The cancer program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins has set up three skin screenings later this month.

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