Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
In an effort that no human being ever die of melanoma again, Will Richardson, MD FAAD and his team at Natura Dermatology and Cosmetics have announced Free Screen Cancer Screenings at their Coconut Creek location, year-round beginning in May.
The Free Skin Cancer Screenings, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) and Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics, will begin in May to kick off National Melanoma Month and will be offered year-round exclusively at Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics' Coconut Creek office located at 6552 North State Road 7, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer as more than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually.
The Academy’s national Melanoma /Skin Cancer Screening prevention program is in its 27th year and is intended to raise awareness of melanoma and urge Americans to regularly examine their skin for signs of this serious form of skin cancer.
Self skin-examinations consist of periodically looking over your body for any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, and the development of a new mole or any other unusual changes in the skin. Any of these signs should be reported to a dermatologist right away.
A survey commissioned by the Academy showed that more than a quarter of Americans never examine their skin for signs of melanoma and three in five have never been screened for skin cancer by a health care provider. Dr. Richardson wants to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and can be fatal. “The key to the successful treatment of most types of cancer is early detection and treatment,” Dr. Richardson said. Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
It was estimated that 123,590 new cases of melanoma would occur in 2011, and more than 8,790 people were expected to die of the disease. One American dies from melanoma almost every hour. More than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. The members of the American Academy of Dermatology and Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics invite the public to take advantage of the free screenings throughout the year.
For more information or to schedule a free Skin Cancer Screening, call Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics at 954.537.4106.
Founded in 2006, Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics is wholly owned by Will Richardson, MD FAAD one of Fort Lauderdale’s premiere skin cancer prevention physicians and Mohs Surgery specialists.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. For more information, visit http://www.aad.org
Christine Zullo, PA-C