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Atrium Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May

Middletown, Ohio, April 27, 2011 – In honor of National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Atrium will host two free skin cancer screening events in May. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. The best defense against this disease is to find and treat it early.

The first screening will be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and will be provided by physicians from the Wright State University Department of Dermatology. Registration is required by May 4 by calling (866) 608-FIND (3463).

The second screening will be held on Wednesday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Jennifer Ridge, MD, board certified dermatologist, and Nancy Hogan, certified nurse practitioner, will perform these screenings. Registration is required by calling (513) 424-7231.

Skin cancer screenings take approximately five minutes and involve a head-to-toe skin assessment. A health professional 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.

Both screenings will take place in the Women’s Center on the fourth floor of the Professional Building at Atrium Medical Center. Convenient parking is available in lots C or D near the Professional Building entrance.