UCSF Sponsors Free Skin Cancer Screening on May 12

By UCSF Today | May 5, 2007

The UCSF Department of Dermatology will host free skin cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, on the third floor of the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., San Francisco.

May is designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by the American Academy of Dermatology. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes, but through early detection, it can be highly curable.

UCSF and community dermatologists will participate in the screening and will provide informational material on self-examination for skin cancer. The screening is open to anyone, free of charge, and there is no need to make an appointment. For more information about the screening, please call 415/353-7800.

Facts About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed today and occurs more often than all other malignancies combined. More than one million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. About 80 percent of these new skin cancer cases will be basal cell carcinoma (BCC), 16 percent will be squamous cell carcinoma, and 4 percent will be melanoma.

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