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Skin cancer to affect over one million in 2007

May 4, 2007

Tucker Center for Cancer Care to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

The Hudson Valley provides a perfect setting for outdoor summer activities, yet many are unaware of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 59,940 Americans diagnosed with melanoma in 2007, while non-melanoma skin cancers will exceed one million cases.

Orange Regional’s Tucker Center for Cancer Care will offer free skin cancer screenings at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown on May 21, 23, 24 and 25. Participants must be over 20 years of age and not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by May 16.

“Our free annual screening gives the community the best weapon against skin cancer: prevention and early detection,” said Jessica Gerlach, Orange Regional’s cancer screening coordinator. “Last year, 36% of those screened required follow-up for a suspicious lesion or biopsy.”

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. “Adults should check their skin regularly,” said Dr. Francis Winski, Orange Regional plastic surgeon and participating screening physician. “The first sign of skin cancer is often a change in color, shape or size of an existing mole.” Other physicians volunteering at this year’s screening include Drs. Jeffrey Bowden, Stefan Chevalier, Peter C. Friedman, Sammy Hutman, Galia Meiri, Mary Beth Parisi.

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.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Tucker Center for Cancer Care

The Tucker Center for Cancer Care program is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Tucker Center team approach involves regular consultation among a staff of exceptional surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, nurses and other cancer specialists. Thousands of patients have benefited from the care and compassion of the Tucker Center experts through diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, or support.

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