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Students of the Dermatology Interest Group of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host a free skin cancer screening Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine St. in Scranton.

Dermatologists will be on hand to screen individuals for skin cancer. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred because space is limited. Please call 570-955-1313 to reserve an appointment and find out if you are at risk for skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer in 2014.

Early detection saves lives. Melanoma accounts for less than 5 percent of skin cancer cases but it causes most skin cancer deaths. When diagnosed and treated early, Melanoma has a 98 percent survival rate. When melanoma has spread to distant organs, the survival rate drops to 16 percent.

You may be at risk for skin cancer if you have light skin, hair or eye color; freckles or moles; a family history of skin cancer; and/or chronic exposure to sunlight or UV light.

The Dermatology Interest Group of TCMC seeks to raise awareness of and encourage medical student interest in the specialty of dermatology through educational seminars with guest speakers, faculty and dermatology residents.

Please call 570-955-1313 to make an appointment or for more information.

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