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Dermatological Society Of New Jersey Members Conducted 1,000 Free Skin Cancer Screenings Offered To The Public During National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention & Detection Month

July 3, 2012

Volunteer dermatologists provided free skin examinations, sun damage assessments and educational outreach throughout the state in May

BARRINGTON, N.J., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a coordinated effort to raise awareness about the importance of skin cancer prevention and sun safety, a team of board-certified New Jersey dermatologists representing the Dermatological Society of New Jersey (DSNJ) offered a month-long series of free public events in several communities.

Volunteer dermatologists screened approximately 1,000 people and referred 15% of them to area dermatologists for further diagnosis/biopsy of more than 150 skin lesions that were presumptively diagnosed as cancers or pre-cancers. To make people aware of the sun damage underneath the surface of their skin, volunteers performed free assessments utilizing a Reveal® Imager furnished by Canfield Scientific, Inc.

On Melanoma Monday on May 7, dermatologists provided free skin cancer screenings for state lawmakers and legislative staff at the New Jersey State House. In addition, DSNJ representatives discussed the hazards of tanning with the media and legislators, in support of New Jersey Senate Bill 1172 and Assembly Bill A2142, which prohibit minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning beds.

DSNJ President Sandra E. Vause, M.D., states: “We are so pleased that several NJ dermatologists united to provide this important service to our citizens, particularly at a time when melanoma rates are rising in young adults and skin cancer persists as the leading form of cancer in America.”

As part of this outreach, participants received free samples of Cotz® sunscreen, furnished by Fallene, Ltd., a sunscreen maker that also provided funding for this initiative. Comments Harry Fallick, DO, CEO of Fallene:

We proudly supported this initiative, which effectively promoted skin cancer prevention and proper sunscreen use, and also helped people better understand the fact that physical blocks such as titanium dioxide and zinc offer the best full light spectrum coverage and minimal skin irritation.”

The Dermatological Society of New Jersey, founded in 1935, provides members with educational opportunities; awareness of advocacy and economic issues directly impacting the practice of dermatology and dermatological surgery, and many opportunities for professional networking while being committed to providing the best patient care.

Visit: www.njderm.org

CONTACT: Nancy FitzGerald, DSNJ Publicist (760) 333-9296 or
Mary Malason, DSNJ Administrator, (856) 546-5600

SOURCE Dermatological Society of New Jersey

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