14th Annual Skin Cancer Detection Clinic

April 15, 1998

Date: Saturday, May 9, 1998, from 10 am to 1:30 pm

Place: Strong Memorial Hospital's Ambulatory Care Facility, second floor (Park in ramp garage and follow signs to lobby. Follow directions to second floor of facility)

Cost: Free and open to any individual exposed to the sun

To facilitate the early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers, a free skin cancer detection clinic will be held at Strong's Ambulatory Care Facility on Saturday, May 9 from 10 am until 1:30 pm. Area dermatologists will conduct screenings to help detect various skin cancers, pre-cancerous conditions, and related problems.

"Extremely curable" is the prognosis for the deadliest form of skin cancer - melanoma - but only if detected and treated early. During 1997, more than one million skin cancers were detected nationwide, and of those cases, 40,000 were melanomas, according to statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology. The incidences of melanoma continue to rise, especially in men over age 50, although individuals between the ages of 20 and 50 are also susceptible. The main culprit is excessive exposure to the sun.

In 1997, 266 people were screened locally. "Last year's clinic resulted in 32 diagnoses of skin cancers and identified 82 pre-cancerous conditions," said Mark Goldgeier, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and coordinator of the annual detection clinic.

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

"Each screening takes between five and 10 minutes to conduct and individuals requiring follow-up treatment will be provided a written report of our findings," said Goldgeier. "This clinic is an example of preventive medicine at its best. We hope that people of all ages take advantage of this important opportunity."

In addition to the skin screenings, free product samples and information about skin cancer prevention will be available. Participants will learn ways to protect themselves and family members from skin cancer.

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