April 15, 2008

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month-Free DermaScan™ viewing and Skin Cancer Screenings are being offered by local dermatologists

DAYTON, OHIO-Dayton area dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings along with the option of DermaScan viewing to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancers during the week of May 12-16, 2008. Wright State University Department of Dermatology, the Boonshoft School of Medicine, along with the American Cancer Society, Premier Community Health, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Kettering Medical Center, are co-sponsoring the free screenings.

Appointments are required since space is limited and can be made beginning Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 9 by calling the American Cancer Society Ohio Patient Service Center toll free reservation number, 1-888-227-6446 [go to option 2 (Registration and Reservations) then go to option 7 (Cancer Screenings)] during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The free screenings will be offered at:

Monday, May 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cassano Health Center
165 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton
Monday, May 12, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wright State University
Room 025 University Hall, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton
Tuesday, May 13, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Greene Memorial Hospital, Ruth G. McMillan Cancer Center 1141 N. Monroe Dr., Xenia
Tuesday, May 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Atrium Medical Center, Professional Building One
200 Medical Center Drive, Franklin

Wednesday, May 14,
9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Good Samaritan Hospital (screening is at Sleep Center)
80 E. Woodbury Dr., Dayton
Thursday, May 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Surecare Medical Plaza,
360 W. Central Ave., Springboro
Thursday, May 15, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wright State University
Room 025 University Hall, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton
Friday, May 16
9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Kettering Sports Medicine Center
3490 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

"A complete skin cancer screening takes only five minutes," according to Julian Trevino, M.D., associate professor and Dermatology Residency Program Director 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 your life. Other types of skin cancer, when detected early, can be removed before they become large and disfiguring."

What's a DermaScan™? The DermaScan™ is a simple device that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to show the sun damage that is invisible to the naked human eye. By looking into the DermaScan™, you can see the sun damage that has already happened to your face.

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, uterine, ovarian 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.