, Derry, New Hampshire

May 24, 2012

Free skin cancer screenings offered

DERRY — Parkland Medical Center, along with the Lahey Center for Oncology and Hematology at Parkland Medical Center, offers free skin cancer and melanoma screenings for members of the community throughout May and June.

Two local physicians will offer this life-saving service.

Plastic surgeon Dr. John Mallen offers screenings on Tuesday, June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. General surgeon Dr. Mary Fudge will provide screenings on June 13 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Skin cancer is among the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

Prevention and early detection are the best lines of defense to fight this disease. Risk factors for skin cancer include unprotected exposure to UV radiation, fair complexion, occupational exposures to certain compounds, family history, multiple or atypical moles, and severe sunburns as a child.

Screening sessions will be held at the Nutfield Professional Building, Suite 206, 44 Birch St., Derry.

Nurses and medical staff will be present throughout the afternoon. Light snacks will be provided.

These free screenings to help determine your risk will be limited and require pre-registration by calling the hospital's Consult-A-Nurse line at 1-877-642-2362.

Each screening appointment will be 15 minutes long.

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