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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

LEWISTOWN, Pa. – The American Academy of Dermatology reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime – the deadliest of skin cancers is melanoma. As early detection can save lives, Geisinger is offering free melanoma screening for patients at Geisinger Lewistown Dermatology, 27 Sandy Lane (LeMed Building), Lewistown. The screenings are available to patients on Thursday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Research estimates that nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, affects more than 3 million Americans a year. 

“It’s important to have your skin checked,” said Geisinger Physician Assistant, Elaine Bridgens. “A small mole on the skin might not be harmless. Most moles will never cause any problems, but someone who has many moles is more likely to develop melanoma. Men have a higher rate of melanoma than women, although this varies by age. Before age 50, the risk is higher for women; after age 50 the risk is higher in men.”

Last year’s Geisinger melanoma screening days saw more than 900 individuals have their skin checked at one of the specified screening locations.

Registration is required to participate in this free screening. To register call 814-342-8731.
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