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Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center to Hold Free Skin Cancer Screening Event

September 1, 2021

Everyone is at Risk for Skin Cancer – Early Detection Can Save Lives!

A free skin cancer screening event will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

More skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. each year than all other cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that one person dies from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour.  Hunterdon County has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the state.  The key to prevention and the fight against skin cancer is early detection when most skin cancers can be treated successfully.

Risk factors for the development of skin cancer include sunlight exposure, blistering burns in childhood, indoor tanning beds, and having greater than 50 moles.  Everyone is at risk regardless of age, sex, or skin color.

A full body screen will be conducted by an experienced health care provider by appointment only with the goal of educating community members about the importance of early detection and skin health.  The visual exam is painless, only takes a few minutes.  This screening is open to people ages 18 and older that have not been screened within the past 24 months, are not under the care of a dermatologist, and have no prior history of a skin cancer diagnosis.

“This free program aligns with the American Academy of Dermatology screening efforts to create a world without skin cancer.  Prevention services like this are an important part of the Cancer Center’s role in supporting a healthy community,” said Dr. Barbara Tofani, Assistant Vice President of Outpatient and Ambulatory Services at Hunterdon Medical Center.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, many people are spending more time than usual outdoors increasing their sun exposure.  And, many may have avoided going for their routine checkups.  This is a good opportunity to take advantage of a potentially life-saving skin cancer screening.

Registration is required and space is limited.  Call 908-237-5445 to register and determine eligibility.  Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is located at 2100 Wescott Drive in Flemington, NJ.

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