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Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology Hosts 12th Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Event, May 2nd

EVANSVILLE, Ind. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and it causes nearly 13,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. In its continued efforts to educate the community about skin cancer and the importance of early detection, Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology (ECC/VO) and Therapy Associates, in partnership with local dermatologists and the American Academy of Dermatology, is hosting its 12th annual free full-body skin cancer screening event on Friday, May 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The screenings will be provided at the cancer center by board certified dermatologists Dr. Jane Lim, Dr. Clay Davis, Dr. Mary Tisserand and Dr. Shari Barrett. The screenings will take place at ECC/VO located at 700 North Burkhardt Road in Evansville. Screenings will be performed by appointment only. For more information about the event and/or to schedule a screening, please call Miranda at 812-253-9129, e-mail Robin Lawrence at rlawrence@vantageoncology.com, or visit www.evansvilleradiationoncology.com.

Since the event’s inception in 2003, more than 1,000 people have been screened for skin cancer and more than 800 suspicious lesions have been detected. ECC/VO radiation oncologist Dr. Shannon Lamb and several other ECC/VO employees have themselves benefited from these screenings, which detected various forms of skin cancer including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, but all were successfully treated.

“Although more people are concerned about protecting themselves from skin cancer, the incidence of melanoma continues to rise each year,” said Dr. Noah Taylor, radiation oncologist at ECC/VO. “Education, early detection and prevention are crucial in fighting this potentially deadly disease.”

According to the ACS, more than two million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are found in the U.S. each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for approximately 76,100 cases of skin cancer and 9,710 of the nearly 13,000 skin cancer deaths estimated for 2014. There are numerous risk factors, signs and symptoms and important prevention tips regarding skin cancer and they include the following that can also be found on the ACS’ “Skin Cancer Facts” web page.

“Self-examination and regular skin cancer screenings can save so many lives and they require a minimum amount of time and effort,” said Dr. Tisserand. “We must all remain vigilant about these examinations and contact your physician immediately if you detect any of the warning signs.”




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