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Free Skin Cancer Screenings at Atrium Medical Center

Middletown, Ohio, Thursday, May 7, 2009 – In recognition of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Atrium Medical Center will host free skin cancer screenings on Wednesday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to noon. The screenings will take place in the Heart Failure Center located in the Professional Building at Atrium Medical Center. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling (513) 424-7231.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancer cases in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this year more than one million people in the United States will be diagnosed with skin cancer. The majority of these people will be diagnosed with nonmelanoma (basal or squamous cell) skin cancer, the less invasive and deadly of the two main forms of skin cancer. And ACS estimates that nearly 60,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the skin cancer responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. Regardless of the type of skin cancer, early detection and prompt treatment usually means close to a 100 percent chance of survival.

Skin cancer screenings take approximately five minutes and involve a head-to-toe skin assessment during which Jennifer Ridge, MD, looks for suspicious areas, such as discolored or misshapen moles. People with possible skin cancer or precancerous conditions will be referred either to their family physician or to a dermatologist for further tests.