On Saturday, March 21, student members of the Dermatology Interest Group at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) will host a free skin-cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the school’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street in Scranton.
Several area dermatologists will screen individuals for skin cancer. Appointments are required because space is limited. Please contact the Dermatology Interest Group at 570-207-3683 to schedule an appointment.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Fortunately, unlike other cancers, it is highly preventable and treatable,” said Meredith Hanrahan, a second-year student organizer. “The goal of this screening is early detection. Dermatologists will perform exams and determine if there are any suspicious areas that require follow-up or treatment. We also want the community to remember that, as the weather gets warmer, it is important to consistently apply sunscreen and be mindful of sun safety.”
While people with light skin, hair or eye color; freckles or moles; a family history of skin cancer; and/or chronic exposure to sunlight or UV light may have a greater risk of skin cancer, everyone has some risk and should be screened.
The Dermatology Interest Group at Geisinger Commonwealth seeks to raise awareness of and encourage medical student interest in the specialty of dermatology through educational seminars with guest speakers, faculty and dermatology residents. This is the eighth free skin-cancer screening hosted by the school.
Please call 570-207-3683 if you have any questions.
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