June 20, Lexington, KY: A Doctor’s Intervention Saves the Day

We had a reunion at the Rite Aid on Richmond Road in Lexington, KY today. For the past several years, the stop has been one of our larger events and this year was no exception. As usual, this Rite Aid supplied tents, chairs, and ice-cold water for visitors. The store also brought out an extra table to display healthcare brochures and information on their wellness program.

John Buker, MD, and Dana Black, MD, provided the screenings for the six-hour event.  Each doctor brought along two nurses, which is always nice and helps speed up the screening process. We also had additional assistance from students of the Medical and Pharmacy programs at the University of Kentucky. These guys were a great help!

By the end of the day, we had screened 80 patients, and detected four potentially deadly melanomas as well as detected 28 suspected skin precancers and 20 suspected nonmelanoma skin cancers. 

Dr. Black found three melanomas on one woman, and needless to say, she was very concerned. During the four years that I’ve worked on the Tour, this was probably the most alarmed I have ever seen a doctor. Dr. Black called a colleague who accepted the woman’s insurance and immediately scheduled the patient for melanoma surgery at 7:30 the following morning. The patient said she knew the lesions were bad and had been looking at pictures online, but told herself, “Not me,” and kept putting off making an appointment. We’re so glad she decided to get a screening.