Free skin cancer screenings to be offered May 3

GREENVILLE, N.C.  (Apr. 24, 2008)  —  Free skin cancer screenings will be offered Saturday, May 3, from 8-11 a.m. at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville. The screenings coincide with National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

During the screenings, East Carolina University and private practice physicians will, by request, examine any unusual moles or lesions, examine exposed areas such as the head and neck, or perform whole body examinations.

The screenings are by appointment only. Call 847-6018 for more information or to schedule an appointment. The cancer center is at 600 Moye Blvd.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year. An estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. The most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, is also the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. More information about skin cancer and protecting oneself is online at http://www.aad.org.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 328-6799 (V) or (252) 328-0899 (TTY).

Contact: Doug Boyd | 252-744-2481