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Roswell Park, Sabres to offer skin cancer screenings

Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Sabres will team up for free skin cancer screenings and education from 3 to 7 p.m. May 11 at KeyBank Center.

Preregistration is required for a skin exam, but all are invited to take part in the informational program. Free parking is available in the KeyBank Center ramp. Participants are eligible for screening if they have artificially tanned, worked outside, have a suspicious mole or spot, or have had a severe blistering sunburn. To see if you are eligible, call Roswell Park Cancer Institute at 877-275-7724.

“Roswell Park is proud to join with the Buffalo Sabres to offer this valuable prevention and early detection event,” said Dr. Ilene Rothman, interim chair and associate professor of oncology in the Roswell Department of Dermatology. “Each year in the U.S., nearly 5 million people are treated for all skin cancers combined. We want to make people aware of the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer as well as what they can do to prevent skin cancer. For most types of skin cancers, cure is highly likely if they are detected early and treated promptly.”

During the screening exam, which takes about 10 minutes, a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner from Roswell’s Department of Dermatology will inspect the skin for suspicious moles, growths or sores and provide education on skin self-examination and early skin cancer detection and treatment.

Screening participants will have the opportunity to meet Sabres alumni and visit the locker room. The public is also invited to hear short lectures by the dermatologists, watch educational videos, and take home written educational material as well as sunscreen samples.

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