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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2002

Free Screenings Yield Positive Results

DAYTON, OHIO-Skin cancer screenings may save your life according to a recent report from the 2002 city-wide Skin Cancer Screening clinics held here in Dayton this past May.

Eight hundred and ten persons from around the Miami Valley took part in the annual Skin Cancer Screening event that was sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society, Good Samaritan North Health Center, Good Samaritan Specialty Clinic, Kettering/Southview Alliance Cancer Center, and Wright State University School of Medicine Division of Dermatology.

The screening clinics gave referrals for follow-up exams and/or second opinions on skin lesions found to be questionable to 287 (35 percent) clinic attendees from around the Miami Valley. Of the 810 attendees more than 45 percent said that they would not have seen a doctor for their skin had these free clinics not been available.

"Having a healthy respect for the sun and the damage it can do to your skin is important for everyone," says Julian Trevino, M.D. "Preventing sunburn through sunscreen use is one tool for skin cancer deterrence especially for children."

Statistics show that 80 percent of lifetime sun exposure is estimated to occur before the age of 18 and that just one bad blistering sunburn during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer later in life. Therefore prevention is of utmost importance for children and young people. Regular use of sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher during the first 18 years of life can lower the risk of certain types of skin cancer by up to 78 percent, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.