News Release

August 26, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Free Skin Cancer Screenings at UConn Health Center September 12

Organized by UConn Medical Students as Part of a National Prevention Effort

FARMINGTON, CONN. Ė The University of Connecticut School of Medicine South Park Inn Dermatology Clinic is offering free melanoma and skin cancer screenings as part of the South Park 5k Road Race

UConn Health Center dermatologists will provide screenings Saturday, September 12, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Dowling North Building on the Health Centerís lower campus. They also will teach patients how to detect melanoma when itís in its earliest, most treatable stage.

The free screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. More than a million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer.

For more information, call Jessica Luis at 845-742-5872 or e-mail

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