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Geisinger to offer free skin cancer screenings in State College

by on April 19, 2017 2:30 PM

STATE COLLEGE — The American Academy of Dermatology reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The most deadly of skin cancers is melanoma.

In an ongoing attempt to address this growing health issue, the dermatology team at Geisinger Scenery Park will hold its annual skin cancer screening event from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the 200 Scenery Drive clinic. An earlier release had an incorrect time for the event.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, and 9,730 people will die from it. Early detection can be a lifesaver, Geisinger said in a press release.

“It’s important to have your skin checked,” said Dr. Howard Pride, director of dermatology, Geisinger Health System. “A small mole on the skin might not be harmless. A melanoma can kill. But if identified early, melanoma can usually be cured with simple surgical removal.”

Last year’s melanoma screening days saw 933 individuals have their skin checked at all locations.

Registration is required. To schedule an appointment, call (814) 342-8731.

 

 

 

 

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