About 30 people were lined up and ready for a checkup when the doors opened for free skin cancer screenings Tuesday morning at Rite Aid on Richmond Road.
Dr. Dana Black of Bluegrass Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center volunteered to oversee the screenings on the first of three stops in Lexington as part of the Skin Cancer Foundation's national tour.
Two other free screening sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Rite Aid at 2284 Versailles Road. The screenings are given in private rooms in a customized recreational vehicle.
Black said patients usually come in with spots that they are concerned about, but she also checks for pre-cancer signs that patients might not have noticed. Black said she volunteers for walk-in screenings because it is a convenient way to get people thinking seriously about the most common kind of cancer.
"Life is very busy, and patients will not always come in to see their dermatologists," Black said. "This is an easy way to get information out there."
Kellie Wood, who was concerned about how often she has gotten sunburned, was among those who stood in line for the screening. Wood, 25, said she thinks skin cancer is not a frequent concern for young people, but it should be.
"For younger people, it's all, 'I want the tan,' but too many times I've gotten the burn before the tan," she said. "I know I need to care about it now before I get older and it's too late."