New York, NY (PRWEB) April 29, 2014
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing it over the course of their lives. It’s also one of the most preventable types of cancers. In recognition of May’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday on May 5th, Mount Sinai Health System experts are arming the public with vital tips on prevention and offering free skin cancer screenings.
Free Skin Cancer Screenings:
Mount Sinai Hospital, Faculty Practice Associates, Thursday, May 8, 3-6 p.m. at 5 E. 98th Street, 5th Floor
Mount Sinai Roosevelt, Wednesday, May 7, 3:30-7:30 p.m. at 425 W. 59th street, 5th floor
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 10 Union Square East, 3rd floor
Experts Available for Interview
Dr. Mark Lebwohl, Sol and Clara Kest Professor of Dermatology and Chair of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Hooman Khorasani, Chief of Division of Mohs, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine
Dr. Desiree Ratner, Director, Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
“Fortunately, most skin cancers, even melanoma, can be cured and treated when detected early,” says Dr. Lebwohl. “Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding.”
New Advancements in Skin Cancer Treatment
The Mount Sinai Hospital is the only academic institution to offer skin cancer patients a clinical trial using ZipLine Surgical Skin Closure device—a cost-effective, noninvasive surgical skin closure device for suture-like outcomes at the speed of staples, with a reduced risk of surgical site infection. According to Dr. Khorasani, principal investigator, the Zipline device offers a 57 percent reduction in wound closure procedure time instead of using sutures.
Patients are available to discuss their experience with melanoma, other skin cancers and the Zipline Surgical Skin Closure.
According to Dr. Ratner, one of the most preventable risk factors for all skin cancers is exposure to ultraviolet light. Patients should protect their skin by applying sunscreen, seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.
Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.
The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.