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Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8 am - Noon

DFW Dermatologists to Provide Skin Checks at Area Hospitals
  • DFW Dermatological Societies, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology and four area hospitals are co-sponsoring this year’s FREE melanoma/skin screening event.
  • Screening locations include:
    • Baylor Medical Center at Irving, Cancer Center,1901 N MacArthur Blvd., Irving 75061
    • Medical City Children’s Hospital, Children’s Outpatient Surgery Area, 2nd Floor Children’s Tower, 7777 Forest Lane, Dallas 75230
    • Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, McRae Building, 810 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington 76012
    • The Medical Center of Plano, 3901 W. 15th St., Plano 75075
  • Dermatologists will be available to check moles and other suspicious skin spots for signs of cancer to determine if further analysis is necessary.
  • No appointment needed, first come, first served.
  • Children age 18 and younger need to have a parent/guardian present.
  • Free parking.
  • Melanoma, one of the deadliest types of skin cancer, is about 98% curable if caught in its earliest stages and treated properly. Most basal and squamous cell cancers can also be cured, especially if the cancer is detected and treated early.
Facts About Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers:
  • The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell. The most deadly type of skin cancer is melanoma.
  • Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years. Since 2004, incidence rates among whites have been increasing by almost 3% per year in both men and women.
  • Melanoma is 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans.
  • Before age 40, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men. After age 40, rates are almost twice as high in men as in women. 
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 4,020 new cases of melanoma in Texas in 2012.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 76,250 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in Americans in 2012. This represents less than 5% of all skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.
Quote from Dr. Paul Martinelli, board-certified dermatologist, chairperson of 2012 Skin Screening
“Approximately 3.5 million skin cancers will be diagnosed in 2 million people this year, and these numbers continue to grow annually. One in 5 Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime, and since over-exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays is the leading risk factor for developing skin cancer, sunny Texas is disproportionately affected by the disease. It is important to remember, however, that early detection is critical to a good outcome. Even melanoma, one of the deadliest types of skin cancer, is curable about 98% of the time when caught in its earliest stages and treated appropriately. That is why the free Dallas-Fort Worth skin cancer screening is so important. The event is staffed exclusively by board-certified or board-eligible dermatologists, and hundreds of skin cancers across the Metroplex are detected each year. As a community, North Texans are indebted to the sponsors and participating area hospitals whose dedication, generosity, and commitment to health make this screening possible. There is no reason not to participate. It’s free. No appointments are needed.  So, bring a friend or family member and take this opportunity to make a difference in the health of your skin. You have nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain.” 
Helpful links:

What to Expect at A Skin Screening Event: http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/what-to-expect-at-a-screening  

For more information about this screening: 
Contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.dfwtalkscancer.org

For more information on dermatology and skin cancer, contact the American Academy of Dermatology at 1-866-503-SKIN (7546) or online at www.aad.org. For cancer information, visit cancer.org.