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18th Annual Skin Cancer Detection Clinic

Friday, May 09, 2003

A free skin cancer detection clinic will be held at Strong Memorial Hospital's Dermatology outpatient area from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 4. Local dermatologists and nurses 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.. The screening is staffed by local dermatologists who donate their time to the annual 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.

At past screenings, 150 - 250 persons have been screened. Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas have been detected, as well as atypical and pre-cancerous moles. Last year, over 86,000 people were screened nationally, including 164 at Strong. More than 5,200 basal cell carcinomas, 1,100 squamous cell carcinomas and 642 melanomas were detected nationally at annual skin cancer screenings. Locally, 13 basal cell and two squamous cell carcinomas were detected. 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 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.

Those interested in learning more about the free detection clinic can contact Fran Parrish at (585) 275-1976.

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