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URMC to Host Free Skin Cancer Screening

Collaborative event will be held Saturday, May 19

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The University of Rochester Medical Center department of Dermatology is co-sponsoring a free Skin Cancer screening Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The screening, jointly sponsored with the Rochester Dermatologic Society and the American Academy of Dermatology, will be held in the Dermatology Suite, located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Care Facility (ACF) at Strong Memorial Hospital. Local providers will volunteer their time to conduct screenings to detect skin cancers, pre-cancerous conditions, and related problems.

As the summer months approach, the need for careful monitoring is important. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types and the number of cases diagnosed annually has climbed steadily over the past three decades. Currently, more than 3.5 million cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, a number greater than all other cancers combined. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases but is the most dangerous type. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 76,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, leading to more than 9,100 deaths.

Most skin cancers are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, and those with lighter complexions are at a higher risk. Much of this exposure comes from the sun, but some may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning devices. Most skin cancer is curable if found in its early stages. 

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.

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

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