WVU Cancer Center to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screening

MORGANTOWN, WV— Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has been increasing at a faster rate than any other cancer.  The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 60-thousand new cases in 2007, with more than eight-thousand people dying from the disease.

“Since May is national skin cancer awareness month, this is a good time to remind people that the best way to prevent any type of skin cancer is to avoid direct sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the strongest,” said Rodney Kovach, M.D., section chief for the department of dermatology at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine.

WVU will offer free skin cancer screenings at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Clinic Tuesday, May 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Advance registration is required.  Call (304) 598-4027 for an appointment.

Participants will complete a form describing their medical and sun exposure history and will be examined by a physician at the Cancer Center Clinic on WVU’s Health Sciences Campus.  The examination will take about five minutes.  If anything suspicious is found, the patient will be referred for a dermatology appointment.

 “It is a good rule of thumb to perform a skin self-exam every month to check for any change in a mole or other skin growth,” added Kovach.  “Also, have a health professional check your skin at least once a year.”

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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