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May 30, 2012

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Free cancer, melanoma screenings offered

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

Two local physicians are donating their time to provide this screening event. Plastic surgeon Dr. John Mallen will provide screenings on Tuesday, June 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. General surgeon Dr. Mary Fudge will provide screenings on Wednesday, June 13, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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

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.

Learn healthy cooking for one or two

The Derry Parks and Recreation Department and Parkland Medical Center are collaborating and offering the second lecture as part of an ongoing a series of educational presentations about various health topics specifically for those age 55 and older.

The third installment of the Healthy Aging Lecture Series is set for June 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Alexander Carr Lodge, 28 Pierce Ave., Derry. The scheduled guest speaker is Kristen Flagg. The topic is cooking for one or two.

The lecture series is a complement to both organizations' focus on community education and an opportunity for residents, especially senior citizens, from the greater Derry area to participate in discussions about health topics of interest.

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