Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center will kick off its skin cancer awareness campaign with two free screenings in June. The skin cancer screenings will be held on Monday, June15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The screenings will be completed by local dermatologists, Carter Abel, M.D., Michael Sisack, M.D. and Robert Ilowite, D.O. on June 15th and Christopher Cassetty, M.D and Alissa Fox, M.D., on June 17th.
People who attend the program will be given a full body screening by a board-certified dermatologist. The event will also include educational information on skin cancer prevention and detection, and will address melanoma and reducing mortality rates, but will also address non-melanoma.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are found in this country each year.
The earlier a skin cancer is detected, the greater the chance for successful treatment. Spots on the skin that change in size, shape or color should be seen by a doctor right away. Skin cancers are rarely painful. Any unusual sore, lump, blemish, marking, or change in the way an area of the skin looks or feels may be a sign of skin cancer.
Many people may not realize that skin cancer screening is an exam that is usually covered by their insurance. This community screening is open to: Hunterdon County residents, ages 18 and older that have not been screened within the past 12 months, are not under the care of a dermatologist and have no prior history of a skin cancer diagnosis.
Registration for the free screening is limited. To register, call 908-237-5445. The screening will be held at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ.