Free Skin Cancer Screening May 17 at Strong Memorial Hospital

April 21, 2008

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 17. Local dermatologists will conduct skin screenings to detect skin cancers and pre-cancerous conditions.

The 23rd annual clinic, located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Care Facility, 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 275 at Strong. Locally, dermatologists diagnosed 29 cases of basal cell carcinoma and one case of squamous cell carcinoma. Two cases of melanoma, the most virulent form of skin cancer, were detected as well. 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.

It's important to minimize direct sun exposure and to wear sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher to prevent skin cancers.

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Leslie White
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