For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2003

Free Skin Cancer Screenings presented by Dayton Area Dermatologists
for National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

DAYTON, OHIO-Beginning with "Melanoma Monday," May 5, the American Academy of Dermatology will promote early detection and prevention of skin cancer by offering nationwide screening programs. Wright State University School of Medicine's Division of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society will conduct free skin cancer screenings in May at selected area hospitals and clinics. Appointments for the screenings can be made beginning Thursday, May 1 through Friday, May 9.

The free screenings will be offered at Samaritan North Health Center (9000 North Main Street) on Tuesday, May 13 (1:00-4:30 p.m.); and Thursday, May 15 (8:30-11:30 a.m.); at Wright State University (Room 025 University Hall) on Monday, May 12 (1:00-4:30 p.m.), Wednesday, May 14 (1:00-4:30 p.m.), and Thursday, May 15 (1:00-4:30 p.m.); and Kettering/Southview at the Alliance Cancer Center (1975 Miamisburg-Centerville Road) on Friday, May 16 (8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m.)

Make appointments for each location by calling the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-888-227-6446 beginning Thursday, May 1, through Friday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

For 24/7 cancer information contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or online at http://www.cancer.org.

A skin cancer screening takes only five minutes, according to Dr. Julian Trevino, a Wright State dermatologist. "Anyone who is concerned about a worrisome skin lesion should have a screening," Trevino explains. "If the skin lesion has enlarged or changed color, or if it has become ulcerated or irritated, it should be checked by a dermatologist. "If a person has a pigmented lesion that turns out to be a melanoma, removing it at an early stage could save a life," he continues. "Other types of skin cancer, when detected early, can be removed before they become large and disfiguring."

Dermatologists of the Miami Valley offer free screening clinics each May, during National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The screenings are part of a nationwide program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology to promote early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer.

Participating organizations include:American Cancer Society, Hipple Cancer Research Center, Kettering Medical Center, Samaritan North Health Center, WSU School of Nursing and Health, and the WSU School of Medicine.