2005-04-29 / Community

SJEH Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

Free skin cancer screenings will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at JASA Clinic to coincide with Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and the American Academy of Dermatology.

JASA Medical Clinic is located at 131 Beach 19 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway.

The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in this country. Approximately one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

“We want everyone to consider Melanoma Month the start of a lifelong habit of examining their skin,” said Yelva Lynfield, MD, dermatologist. “Melanoma Month is like New Year’s Day for dermatologists.

It’s a day when we encourage everyone to start a new life-saving habit.”

Skin self-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.

To make an appointment for a free skin cancer screening by a qualified dermatologist or for more information, should call 718-869-8282.

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