UT Medical Center to offer skin cancer screenings Oct. 30

October 28, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Ashley Traynum

Following a successful event last year, University of Toledo Medical Center physicians once again are pledging their time and expertise to help the community with a free skin cancer screening from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 30.

“Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, and our physicians wanted to give their time to help prevent the disease,” said Janelle Tipton, an oncology clinical nurse specialist at the hospital. “Getting a screening is the most effective way to check for skin cancer, and it is fast and easy on patients.”

Organizers will strive to screen more than 100 patients Saturday in the Surgery Clinic, located on the second floor of UT Medical Center.

The screening will take only a few minutes; if a doctor finds something suspicious, counseling will be provided on-site. The physicians then would offer the patient a referral and a recommendation for a biopsy.

Most skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light caused by the sun. To prevent skin cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends avoiding indoor tanning and using sunblock to protect your skin when outside in the sun.

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