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UR Medicine Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening May 12

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Department of Dermatology is joining forces with the American Academy of Dermatology and the Rochester Dermatologic Society to provide free skin cancer screenings 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, at Strong Memorial Hospital in the Dermatology Suite on the second floor of the Ambulatory Care Facility. Screening is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and no appointment is needed.

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined, according to the American Center Society.

Sun damage is cumulative and includes exposures that are part of daily life, such as walking the dog, mowing the lawn or a trip to the store. An annual skin cancer screening can help detect any current problems and also uncover risk factors for the future.

In addition to screening, UR Medicine Dermatology recommends taking these steps to protect your skin from sun exposure:

  • Wear sunscreen. Your skin can be damaged by the sun in as little as 15 minutes. Apply sunscreen, with SPF 30 or greater and both UVA and UVB protection, 15 to 20 minutes before you go outside. Don’t forget areas such as the back of your neck, top of your ears arms and legs, and scalp if you’ve lost some hair. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and after swimming or actively sweating.
  • Wear a hat and loose-fitting clothing. A hat with a four-inch brim will shade more than 95 percent of your face, head, ears and neck. Wear light-weight clothes that cover your arms and legs.
  • Avoid the most intense sunlight. Schedule activities in the early morning or late afternoon to keep out of the most intense sunlight, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don’t tan indoors. Indoor tanning has also been linked to skin cancers. Tanning beds or booths are not safe and do not protect your skin from sun damage.

A skin cancer screening takes about five minutes and participants each get a written report of any findings, as well as information on skin cancer and skin cancer prevention.

For more information about the free screening clinic, contact the Dermatology Department at (585) 275-0193.

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Wilmot announces new Pilot Award recipients

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wilmot’s competitive seed-grant program aims to fund research projects that will generate preliminary data necessary to potentially apply for federal funding in the future. Thanks to financial support from two community organizations – Adding Candles for a Cure and the Edelman Gardner Cancer Research Foundation – four projects have received funding that started Jan. 1.

The Collaborative Pilot Award of $50,000 goes to Julie Ryan Wolf, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor in the departments of Dermatology and Radiation Oncology at Wilmot Cancer Institute, for a project titled, “Aromatherapy: An Integrative Option for Symptom Management in Cancer Care.” Along with the OJ Sahler, M.D., Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology, investigators for this project include two researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, Lynda Beaupin, M.D., and Douglas McDaniel, M.T.O.M., L.ac.

Congratulations to all Wilmot pilot grant recipients.