Free skin sancer Screenings offered by Nashua area dermatologist

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nashua, NH - The professional dermatology staff at Skin & Laser Surgery Center of New England, in association with the American Academy of Dermatology, invites the public to take advantage of a free skin cancer screening, which will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2010 in Nashua, NH, to create awareness about Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention. These screenings are by appointment only by calling (603) 886-5506.

In 2010, the American Academy of Dermatology marks the 25th year of the National Skin Cancer Screening Program. Since the program’s inception, volunteer dermatologists have conducted more than 2 million free skin cancer screenings. The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

“We want everyone to learn how to examine their own skin and to start a new life-saving habit of doing so on a regular basis,” said Dr. Khalil Khatri, Dermatologist and Cosmetic Laser Surgeon at Skin & Laser Surgery Center of New England.

Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.

To do a thorough exam, it’s important to use a full-length and hand-held mirror so you can see the back of your head, your back and buttocks. Don’t forget places like your scalp, the soles of your feet and between your toes, under your arms and the palms of your hands.

A survey commissioned by the Academy showed that fewer than one-third of Americans currently examine their skin for signs of melanoma and more than half don’t know the signs of melanoma. Dermatologists want to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and can be fatal.

“The key to the successful treatment of most types of cancer is early detection and treatment,” Dr. Khatri said. Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

It is estimated that more than 116,500 new cases of melanoma will occur in 2008, and more than 8,420 people are expected to die of the disease. One American dies from melanoma almost every hour. More than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.

For more information about melanoma and skin cancer, please visit www.skinlaseronline.com and click on any of the “Facts About…” links at the bottom of the page.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a free screening, call (603) 886-5506 (Nashua, NH).


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