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Tulane Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

September 20, 2007

Melanie Cross
newwave@tulane.edu

Although Labor Day is traditionally recognized as the unofficial end of summer fun in the sun, taking proper care of your skin is a year-round activity, and regular skin cancer screenings are an important part of a healthy skin care regimen.

That's why the Tulane Cancer Center is offering a second round of free skin cancer screenings this year on Wednesday (Sept. 26), from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic, 150 S. Liberty St. in downtown New Orleans.

"We performed 125 skin cancer screenings in May during Skin Cancer Awareness Month," says Alan Lewis, associate professor of dermatology and director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery at the Tulane Cancer Center.

"As a result, we diagnosed 15 patients with various forms of skin cancer, including two malignant melanomas, an extremely lethal form of skin cancer that can be treated and cured if recognized in its early stages," Lewis adds.

In most cases, those patients who tested positive had no idea they had skin cancer. They were simply taking advantage of the free screening opportunity.

"We encourage everyone to take charge of their health by participating in cancer screenings regularly," Lewis says. "In many cases, cancers can be treated and cured if they are caught early."

Anyone who has experienced severe sunburn or has a history of sun exposure, those with fair skin who burn easily, and anyone experiencing a recent change in the appearance of a mole should consider being screened for skin cancer.

Screenings can involve a head-to-toe physical skin exam or a focused exam, depending on the patient's preference. A Tulane physician performs each screening. Participants will receive a complimentary "goody bag" containing sun protection products, and those requiring follow-up after screening will be encouraged to contact their personal physicians or they will be referred to a Tulane physician.

An appointment for a free skin cancer screening is required. To make an appointment, contact the Tulane Call Center at 504-988-5800 or 800-588-5800.

Discounted, secured parking is available in the Saratoga Parking Garage, located on the corner of Cleveland and Saratoga streets. The Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic is located on the ground floor of this building.

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Melanie N. Cross is the public relations and marketing coordinator for the Tulane Cancer Center.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu