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Free Screenings Disclose Suspected Skin Cancers

May 17, 2004 - Dermatologists in partnership with Evansville Cancer Center conducted free skin cancer screenings on May 4th, 6th and 11th at Washington Square Mall and Evansville Cancer Center. Approximately 165 people, many of whom had never been examined before by a dermatologist, attended the screening.

The free screenings were conducted as part of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May. Drs. Shari Barrett, Jane Lim and Mary Tisserand volunteered their time in support of the national program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and Evansville Cancer Center. Of the 165 people screened, 63 has suspected cancerous or suspicious lesions. Doctors said that 21 of those could possibly be melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

"Skin cancer is epidemic in our country today," Dr. Shari Barrett said. "More than one million Americans will probably get skin cancer this year. However, if detected and treated early, this disease can often be cured. If we learn the early warning signs of skin cancer and conduct self-examinations, we can put a stop to this ever-growing epidemic."

About 95,880 new cases of melanoma are expected to occur in 2004 and 7,910 people are expected to die of the disease. Since the 1930s, the incidence of melanoma has increased more than 2000 percent. One person dies of melanoma every hour.

The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatological associations. With a membership of over 14,000 dermatologists worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin.

For more information, contact the MD at 1-888-462-DERM or www.aad.org.




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