Fourth annual minisymposium on melanoma is Monday, May 2

April 28, 2005

Penn State Cancer Institute will mark Melanoma Awareness Month with the fourth annual Minisymposium on Melanoma. The event, which is free to the public, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, May 2, in lecture room D, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

"The minisymposium will bring together patients and leading clinicians and researchers to address the latest advances in basic and clinical research on melanoma," said Gavin Robertson, assistant professor of pharmacology, pathology and dermatology, Penn State College of Medicine, and event organizer. "This year, presentations from my colleagues at Penn State Cancer Institute and researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Lombardi Cancer Center will involve target identification and the development and delivery of therapeutic agents to treat cancer."

In addition, melanoma survivor Kelly Bruce of Hershey will share how cancer has affected her life and what this research means to melanoma patients. Closing remarks will be made by Thomas Loughran, director, Penn State Cancer Institute.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 59,580 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States during 2005. The number of new melanomas diagnosed in the United States is increasing. About 7,770 people are expected to die of melanomas this year. Detected early, however, melanoma has a 100- percent cure rate.

"Each year melanoma affects many Pennsylvanians," Robertson said. "The goal of this program is to educate and advance the public's understanding of this terrible disease."

The event is sponsored by Penn State Cancer Institute and the Department of Pharmacology, Penn State College of Medicine. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be available for health-care personnel.

For more information, contact Diane Sheehan, Penn State Cancer Institute, at (717) 531-1050, or Gavin Robertson at

Screenings planned

Penn State Dermatology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the dermatology clinic, Suite 100, University Physician Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment, call the 24-hour CareLine at (800) 243-1455.

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