16th Annual Skin Cancer Detection Clinic

May 04, 2000

Event: 16th Annual Skin Cancer Detection Clinic

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2000, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Place: Strong Memorial Hospital

Dermatology Outpatient Area -- 2nd Floor Ambulatory Care Center

(Parking available in adjacent ramp garage)

16th Annual Skin Cancer Detection Clinic

A free skin cancer detection clinic will be held at Strong Memorial Hospital's Dermatology outpatient area on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local dermatologists and nurses will conduct skin screenings to detect skin cancers, pre-cancerous conditions, and related problems.

This year's clinic is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, the Rochester Dermatologic Society, and the Department of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The screening is staffed by local dermatologists who donate their time to the annual event.

Each screening takes about five minutes to conduct and a written report of findings will be given to each participant. Free samples of sunscreen and information on skin cancer and skin cancer prevention will also be available to each person participating in the screening.

At past screenings, between 150-250 persons have been screened and both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma have been detected, as well as atypical and pre-cancerous moles. A list of dermatologists in the community is provided to those diagnosed with skin cancer.

Most skin cancer is curable if found in its early stages. Early diagnosis and educating the community are the prime reasons for the cancer detection clinic. Excessive exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer, and those with lighter complexions are at a higher risk.

Those interested in learning more about the free detection clinic can contact Mary Lou Williams at 275-0193.

(Editors: Dr. Marc Brown, director of this year's detection clinic, and other dermatologists will be available for interviews during the screening.)

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