22nd annual Skin Cancer Screening May 12 at Strong Memorial Hospital

April 06, 2007

Dermatologists: don't forget the sunscreen if you're going to be outdoors.

A free skin cancer detection clinic will be held at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Dermatology outpatient area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12.  Local dermatologists will conduct skin screenings to detect skin cancers, pre-cancerous conditions, and related problems.

The clinic is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, Rochester Dermatologic Society, and the Department of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Each screening takes about five minutes to conduct and a written report of findings will be given to each participant. Information on skin cancer and skin cancer prevention will also be available.

Last year, more than 75, 000 people were screened nationally, including 312 at Strong. Locally, dermatologists diagnosed 23 cases of basal cell carcinoma and three cases of squamous cell carcinoma.  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 education are the prime reasons for the skin 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.

For more information about the free detection clinic, contact the Dermatology Department at (585) 275-3871.

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