27th Annual Skin Cancer Screening Held at NYU Langone Medical Center

Dermatology Experts Screened Nearly 200 Participants in One Day

May 8, 2012 - 9:36am

NYU Langone Medical Center helped raise awareness to the dangers of skin cancer with its annual Skin Cancer Screening Day on May 3, 2012. The event was jointly-sponsored by NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, its NYU Cancer Institute and the American Academy of Dermatology.

At the event, dermatologists screened and examined nearly 200 participants for melanoma. The participants were then offered counseling on their results.

The American Cancer Society estimates that the risk of developing invasive melanoma in the United States is one in 41 for women and one in 61 for men. Melanoma, which accounts for four percent of all skin cancer is the most lethal form of skin cancer and can rapidly spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs. However, with early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for melanoma is 95 percent.

In addition, participants were offered the opportunity to enroll in a clinical study led by David Polsky, MD, PhD, associate professor at the NYU Langone The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, in conjunction with the NYU Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group. The data collected will be used to evaluate the risk factors associated with developing melanoma.

More than 1000 new melanoma patients are seen annually at NYU Langone Medical Center and researchers from over a dozen disciplines are investigating the genetic risk factors for developing melanoma, prognostic blood and pathology markers, vaccine strategies and the development of therapeutic drugs to treat those with advanced disease. For more information about our dermatology services go to http://dermatology.med.nyu.edu/patient-services

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Christopher Rucas

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