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FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS OFFERED BY AREA DERMATOLOGIST
Dallas, Texas (September 21, 2010)- free skin cancer screening, sponsored by the American Academy and Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology, will be held November 4, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Center for Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology (Preston Center location) 6117 Berkshire Lane, Dallas, Texas 75225 by appointment 214-373-3376.
The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.
The Academy’s national Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening prevention program is in its 25th year and is intended to raise awareness of melanoma and urge Americans to regularly examine their skin for signs for the serious form of skin cancer.
Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.
To do a thorough exam, it is important to use a full-length and hand-held mirror so you can see the back of your head, your back and buttocks. Don’t forget places like your scalp, the soles of your feet and between your toes, under your arms and the palms of your hands.
Skin Cancer Screenings
A survey commissioned by the Academy showed that fewer than one-third of Americans currently examine their skin for signs of melanoma and more than half don’t know the signs of melanoma.
Dermatologists want to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and can be fatal.
“The key to the successful treatment of most types of cancer is early detection and treatment,” Dr. Malouf said. Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
It is estimated that more than 121,840 new cases of melanoma will occur in 2010, and more that 8,650 people are expected to die of the disease. One American dies from melanoma almost every hour. More than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.
The members of the American Academy of Dermatology and Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology invite the public to take advantage of the free screening on November 4th. For an appointment call 214-373-3376.
About Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology
For more than 10 years, the Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology has provided comprehensive general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in all-inclusive offices throughout the DFW area, including Dallas, Ft. Worth and Weatherford. Center for Skin & Cosmetic Dermatology was founded by highly acclaimed dermatologist Dr. Peter Malouf, a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. For more information, visit www.mytotalskincare.com .