05/02/2005

Cancer Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — More than one million new cases of skin cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year, and more than 10,000 people are estimated to die from the disease.

West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will hold its 19th annual free skin cancer screening clinic from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 10. Advance registration is required. Call the WVU Healthline at 1-800-982-8242.

Cancer Center physicians encourage people to have any changes in their skin checked. “Skin cancer is highly curable if detected and treated early.” says Rodney Kovach, M.D., section chief for the department of dermatology at the WVU School of Medicine.  “The most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, have a 95-percent cure rate.”

Participants will be asked to complete a form describing their medical and sun exposure history and will be examined by a physician. If anything suspicious is found during the five-minute exam, the patient will be referred for a dermatology appointment.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center, (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
05-02-04

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