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Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 15, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown on May 30 and June 1. Participants must be over 18 years of age, not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year and never diagnosed with skin cancer. Registration is required. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by May 24, 2011. Participating physicians are Drs. Jeffrey Bowden, Stefan Chevalier, and Jay Weitzner.

Additionally, free Healthy Heart Screenings will also be available on June 1. Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program is a free mobile clinic that assesses your risk of heart disease. This program travels to local communities, providing cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offers cardiac education and support. The results will determine your risk for heart disease. No appointment is necessary for a Healthy Heart Screening.

The Hudson Valley provides a perfect setting for outdoor spring and summer activities, yet many are unaware of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States.

“Our free annual screening gives the community the best weapon against skin cancer prevention and early detection,” said Jessica Gerlach, Orange Regional’s community outreach coordinator.

Risk factors for skin cancer include excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or artificial sources, fair complexion, severe childhood sunburns, family history and multiple moles.

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips:

• Avoid the midday sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon) whenever you can.

• Wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that absorb UV.

• Use sunscreen lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

• Do not use sunlamps and tanning booths.

• Get screened for skin cancer annually.

About Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services

The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at Orange Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. Orange Regional Medical Center provides treatment options and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation’s most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses and caring staff. For more information visit www.ormc.org/cancer. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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