WWHD Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

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The Westport Weston Health District and Fairfield County Dermatologists will host its annual free Skin Cancer Screening on Sunday, May 5th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport. Screening is free and no appointment is necessary.

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer and it is increasing in incidence. The American Academy of Dermatology states that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The most common types of skin cancer, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, can be cured if caught early and properly treated. When melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate. Dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings because these screenings can help find skin cancers early when they are most treatable and beatable.

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 – 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for youth 15 – 25. Adults, children and teenagers (accompanied by an adult), are encouraged to attend this important screening. Full body screenings will be available for all interested attendees.

Director of Health, Mark Cooper, stated that getting checked for skin cancer is very important and again thanked Robin Oshman, MD, dermatologist of Westport, for volunteering her professional services to conduct these screenings, as she has done so for many years.

For additional information, contact Loren Pace, RN at 203-227-9571, ext. 231.

The Westport Weston Health District is a regional health department that provides full-time professional health services in the areas of environmental health, disease prevention, and health education.

Offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 203-227-9571 or visit the web site at www.wwhd.org.