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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2006

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!
FREE Skin Cancer Screenings are being offered by area dermatologists

DAYTON, OHIO-Dayton area dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancer during the week of May 8-12. Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, along with the American Cancer Society, Cancer Prevention Institute, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Kettering Medical Center, are co-sponsoring the free screenings. Appointments can be made beginning Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, May 5 by calling the American Cancer Society Ohio Call Center's toll free reservation number, 1-888-227-6446 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The free screenings will be offered at:

Wright State University, Room 025 University Hall
Monday, May 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Cancer Prevention Institute, 601 West Riverview Ave., Dayton
Tuesday, May 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Samaritan North Health Center, 9000 North Main Street, Englewood
Thursday, May 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Kettering Sports Medicine Center, 3490 Far Hills Ave.
Friday, May 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

"A skin cancer screening takes only five minutes," according to Julian Trevino, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. "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 painful, sore or irritated, it should be checked by a physician. If a person has a pigmented lesion that turns out to be a melanoma, removing it at an early stage could save a life. Other types of skin cancer, when detected early, can be removed before they become large and disfiguring."

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. There are more than 1 million skin cancers found each year in the United States. That's more than prostate, breast, lung, colon, uterus, ovaries and pancreas cancer combined. And the number of skin cancers has been steadily rising for the past 30 years.

The good news is there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, but some may come from artificial sources, such as tanning beds.

In an ideal world, skin cancer could be prevented. But many people spent too much time in the sun before they learned how dangerous it could be. The next best opportunity is to find skin cancer as early as possible. Multiple dermatologists practicing throughout the Miami Valley participate in skin cancer screening clinics held each May in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology to promote early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer.