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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Free Skin Cancer Screenings Sunday at Health District

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) is set to conduct its annual free skin cancer screenings Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at its offices located at 180 Bayberry Lane.

Westport dermatologist Robin Oshman of Fairfield County Dermatologists again plans to volunteer her services, and no appointment is necessary, WWHD officials say.

The most common form of cancer and increasing in incidence, skin cancer will affect one of five Americans during their lifetimes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The most common types of are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which can be cured if caught early and properly treated.

If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate.

According to the WWHD announcement, melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for individuals 15 to 25.

Officials urge adults, as well as children and teenagers accompanied by an adult, to come to the event for screenings. Full body screenings also will be available.

For additional information, contact Monica Wheeler, RN at (203) 227-9571, ext. 242.


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