Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology Hosts 11th Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening Event on May 3
WHAT: According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and it causes more than 12,000 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) is hosting its 11th annual free full-body skin cancer screening event on Friday, May 3rd. The screenings will be provided at the cancer center by board certified dermatologists Dr. Jane Lim, Dr. Mary Tisserand and Dr. Shari Barrett.
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 that 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.”
WHO: Dr. Noah Taylor, radiation oncologist at ECC/VO
Dr. Shannon Lamb, radiation oncologist at ECC/VO and who was screened and diagnosed with melanoma (WILL SHE BE ATTENDING, SHE DID LAST YEAR AND WE HAD THIS INFO INCLUDED)
Dr. Jane Lim, Dr. Mary Tisserand and Dr. Shari Barrett, board certified dermatologists and who will be providing the skin cancer screenings
WHEN: Friday, May 3, 2013
Skin Cancer Screenings for Media Reporters: 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
Skin Cancer Screenings for Attendees (Appointments Required): 5 p.m. 7 p.m.
Physician/Participant Interviews: Upon Request
WHERE: Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology
700 North Burkhardt Road
Evansville, Indiana 47715
WHY: 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 76,600 cases of skin cancer and more than 9,000 of the 12,000-plus skin cancer deaths estimated for 2013. 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 at www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/SunandUVExposure/skin-cancer-facts.
“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.”