Penn State Hershey to offer free skin cancer screenings May 15

April 07, 2010

Free skin cancer screenings will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to coincide with Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

The event will take place at the University Physician Center Dermatology Clinic, Suite 100. Appointments are necessary. To schedule an appointment, call the 24-hour CareLine at 1-800-243-1455. Penn State Hershey Medical Center has offered this free screening for more than 15 years.

Most forms of skin cancer are easily treated if detected early (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), however, one American dies of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, almost every hour.

“More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year and at this rate, one in five Americans can plan on developing skin cancer in their lifetime,” said Dr. Christie Ammirati, associate professor of dermatology. “This is why everyone should consider having their skin screened for cancer. The single most important weapon we have against skin cancer is early detection.”

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Last Updated April 08, 2010