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Free Skin Cancer Screenings Saturday, May 19th

9:11 AM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It's Florida and we love the sunshine. But are you making sure you don't have skin cancer? Give yourself peace of mind and show up at a free screening Saturday, May 19 at the Beaches Town Center.

The Fletcher High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is sponsoring a Free Skin Cancer Screening from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 19 as part of the 2012 Dancin' in the Streets Festival at Beaches Town Center.

Volunteer dermatologists from the Jacksonville Dermatology Society will be on hand to screen anyone free of charge at the Fletcher PTSA booth in front of 100 Lemon Street in Neptune Beach. Information on skin cancer prevention will also be provided throughout the day.

More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the U.S., including over 100,000 new cases of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. One American dies from melanoma almost every hour, yet melanoma is highly curable when detected and treated early.

The total direct cost associated with the treatment of skin cancer in the United States exceeds $1.5 billion each year. Nearly all cases of skin cancer are related to sun exposure.

"Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. There are ways to protect yourself, however, even in our Sunshine State," said Charles Perniciaro, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and member of the Jacksonville Dermatology Society,

If you'd like information contact Brenda Wray, Chairperson, Sun Safety Committee, Fletcher High School PTSA, 904-635-2409.  Her email is: bbwray@comcast.net

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