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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2004

FREE Skin Cancer Screenings Offered in the Dayton Area

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 17-21. Wright State University School of Medicine's Division of Dermatology, along with the American Cancer Society, the Cancer Prevention Institute (formerly known as Hipple Cancer Research Center), Good Samaritan Hospital, and Kettering Hospital's Barrett Cancer Center located at Southview Hospital, are co-sponsoring the free screenings. Appointments can be made beginning Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14 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 Elizabeth Place (627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.) on Monday, May 17 (9:00-11:30 a.m.); at Wright State University (Room 025 University Hall) on Monday, May 17 (1:00-4:30 p.m.), and Thursday, May 20 (1:00-4:30 p.m.); Cancer Prevention Institute (4100 South Kettering Blvd.) Tuesday, May 18 (9:00-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday, May 19 (1:00-4:30 p.m.); Samaritan North Health Center (9000 North Main Street) on Tuesday, May 18 (1:00-4:30 p.m.); and Thursday, May 20 (8:30-11:30 a.m.); and Kettering/Southview at the Barrett Cancer Center (1975 Miamisburg-Centerville Road) on Friday, May 21 (1:00-4:30 p.m.)

A skin cancer screening takes only five minutes, according to Dr. Julian Trevino, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wright State University 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 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. 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.