15th Annual Skin Cancer Detection Clinic

April 08, 1999

A free skin cancer detection clinic will be held at Strong Memorial Hospital's Dermatology Outpatient area located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Care Facility on Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 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 Rochester Dermatologic Society, the Department of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and the American Cancer Society. The screening is staffed by 25 local dermatologists and 5 nurses 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 given to each person participating in the screening.

At last year's clinic 233 patients were screened - resulting in a total of 169 diagnoses of skin cancer. At previous skin cancer clinics, both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma have been detected. 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 on what to look for are the prime reasons for the cancer detection clinic. Excessive exposure to the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, and those with lighter complexions are at a higher risk.

For more information please contact Fran Parrish at 275-1976.

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