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Annual Skin Cancer Screening May 6 at Strong Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A free skin cancer detection clinic will be held at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Dermatology outpatient area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6. 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. Local dermatologists volunteer their time for this event.

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 202 at Strong. Locally, dermatologists found one person with the melanoma, which can be deadly, and diagnosed 14 cases of basal cell carcinoma and one case 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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Leslie White

(585) 273-1119

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