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SMMC Offering Free Skin Screenings: Preventing and Detecting Skin Cancer

05/03/2013

Do you sunburn easily or have freckles?  Have you ever seen a dermatologist?  If you are over 60 and do not have a regular dermatologist, you should attend a free skin screening on Monday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at SMHC Physicians located at 13 Industrial Park Road in Saco.

To schedule an appointment please call 877-831-2129. Space is limited and patients who have never been screened by a dermatologist will be given priority.

It is important to protect your skin, even if you do not have a family history of skin cancer, and receive a regular check-up to ensure you prevent skin cancer.  This free skin screening will consist of a qualified health professional performing a thorough visual exam and providing useful prevention tips. 

According to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer, which usually form on the head, face, neck, hands and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common.  Anyone can get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned; have light-colored skin, hair and eyes; have a family member with skin cancer; or are over age 50.  Early detection is important and treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early. If not treated, some types of skin cancer cells can spread to other tissues and organs.

This screening is sponsored by Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, Southern Maine Medical Center, Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center, Greater Portland Area Dermatologists and the American Cancer Society. 

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @SMMCHealth.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283.7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

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