Free skin cancer screenings offered at Vermillion clinic

Free skin cancer screenings offered at Vermillion clinic The Vermillion Medical Clinic and dermatologist James W. Young, D.O., will be providing free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointments will be taken, up to 50 patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The screenings will coincide with Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. As part of a national campaign, the screenings encourage early detection and teach prevention of the most common form of cancer in this country. Approximately 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

"The key to successful treatment of most types of cancer is early detection and treatment," said Dr. Young. "With melanoma, early detection is easy because the signs are right there visible on the surface of the skin."

About 53,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to occur in 2003, and over 9,000 people are expected to die of the disease. Since the 1930s, the incidence of melanoma has increased 2000 percent. One person dies of melanoma every hour.

Dr. Young and the Vermillion Medical Clinic invite the public to take advantage of the free screenings during Melanoma/ Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

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