News Release

September 17, 2010

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914
e-mail: cdefrancesco@uchc.edu

Free Skin Cancer Screenings at UConn Health Center October 3

Part of Annual Fundraiser for Free Clinic Run by UConn Medical Students

FARMINGTON, CONN. Ė The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is offering free melanoma and skin cancer screenings as part of the 13th annual South Park 5k Road Race and Fitness Walk, Sunday, October 3.

UConn Health Center dermatology faculty, residents and attending physicians will provide screenings from 8 to 11 a.m. 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.

Proceeds from the South Park 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk benefit the UConn School of Medicine Outreach Clinic at the South Park Inn, which provides primary care medical services to the transient residents of the South Park Inn Shelter in Hartford. The free clinic is run by medical students and local physician volunteers.

The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 7 a.m. at Dowling North. There will be music and food in addition to the skin cancer screenings. Online registration is available at http://fitsweb.uchc.edu/student/southpark.

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 deadliest form of skin cancer.

For more information, contact John Kelly (jkelly@student.uchc.edu), Loreen Fournier (603-721-6168 or lfournier@student.uchc.edu), or UConnLink (800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692).

To get to the Dowling North Building: Entering the UConn Health Center campus from Route 4, turn right at the first stop sign, then turn right at the next stop sign. Directions to the UConn Health Center are available at http://www.uchc.edu/directions/home.html.

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