For more information, contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine Marketing and Communications, Cindy Young at (937) 775-2951, or Phillip Neal at (937) 775-4587.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2010

Dermatologists to offer free skin cancer screenings May 10-14

Free screenings offered by appointment at locations throughout the region

DAYTON, Ohio-Local dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancers during the week of May 10-14, 2010. Morning and afternoon appointments will be available at several locations throughout the region.

Because space is limited, appointments are required. To schedule an appointment at the Wright State University, Atrium Medical Center, Samaritan Sleep Center or Miami Valley Hospital South locations, call CareFinders at (866) 608-3463. To schedule an appointment at the Conover Health Center, Greene Memorial Hospital or Kettering Sports Medicine locations, call (937) 558-3988. The deadline to schedule appointments is May 6.

The screenings are offered annually each May as part of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month to promote early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. The free screenings are sponsored by the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, along with the American Academy of Dermatology, Atrium Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Greene Memorial Hospital, Kettering Health Network, Miami Valley Hospital, Premier Community Health and Wright State University.

"Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime," said Julian Trevino, M.D., associate professor and interim chair of the WSU Department of Dermatology. "Anyone who is concerned about a worrisome skin lesion should have a screening.

"Fortunately, most skin cancers can be cured if detected early," he said. "But most Americans don't know the warning signs of skin cancer, and only about one third examine their skin for signs of cancer. Dermatologists from the Dayton region have joined forces to offer this free screening both to help educate our community about this potentially life-threatening disease and to save lives through early detection."

The free screenings will also include optional DermaScan™ viewing, which uses ultraviolet (UV) light to reveal sun damage invisible to the naked eye.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer occur in the United States each year, a total that exceeds that of prostate, breast, lung, colon, uterine, ovarian and pancreas cancer combined. The incidence of skin cancer has risen steadily for the past 30 years.

Fortunately, simple actions such as limiting exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, which cause most skin cancer, can aid in prevention. It is also important to identify skin cancer as early as possible to increase the likelihood of effective treatment.

Skin cancer screening dates and locations

Date

Location

Time

Monday, May 10

Conover Health Center*

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, May 10

Wright State University**

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11

Greene Memorial Hospital*

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 11

Atrium Medical Center**

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12

Samaritan Sleep Center**

9 - 11:30 a.m.
1 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 13

Wright State University**

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 13

Miami Valley Hospital South**

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 14

Kettering Sports Medicine Center*

9 - 11:30 a.m.
1 - 4:30 p.m.

*For appointment call (937) 558-3988

**For appointment call (866) 608-3463

Editor's note: For more information or to schedule an interview contact: Phillip Neal, Marketing and Communications, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, (937) 775-4587 or phillip.neal@wright.edu.