The Commonwealth Medical College to hold Free Skin Cancer Screening


Scranton, PA On Saturday, January 28, students of the Dermatology Interest Group of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host a free skin cancer screening from 9am to 12pm at the Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street in Scranton.  Six dermatologists will be on hand to screen individuals who have never been screened for skin cancer. Space is limited and appointments are required. Please call 570-504-7000 to reserve your appointment today and find out if you are at risk for skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases but it causes most skin cancer deaths.  According to the American Cancer Society, 70,230 new cases of melanoma have been diagnosed in the U.S. for 2011 and about 8,790 deaths occurred from melanoma.

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. This is the first skin cancer screening hosted by TCMC.


Photo Caption: (click photo to enlarge) Skin cancer screening committee members standing from left: Michael O’Donnell, MD, Lackawanna Valley Dermatology Associates; Kirtan Patel, medical student; Michael Khalili, medical student; Gregg Severs, DO, Lackawanna Valley Dermatology Associates. Missing from photo are medical students Carly Elston, Megha Patel and Natasha Setia.