Thursday, April 30, 2009
Save your skin and save yourself. That’s the message for 2009 Norman Regional Health System’s free skin cancer screening day. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday community members received free skin cancer screenings at Norman Regional Hospital’s Cancer Management Center, located through the southeast entrance of the hospital. It was a first come, first served event. No appointments were taken so people were encouraged to come early to ensure a screening.
The screenings were conducted by local dermatologists; Dr. David Duncan, Dr. Thomas Urice, Dr. Paul Gillum and Dr. Joel Holloway. People of all ages were encouraged to attend this free screening which was made possible by the generous donation of the four dermatologists.
According to statistics, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society says the 5 year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99 percent. It’s time to get tested, don’t wait any longer.