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WCA HOLDS FREE MELANOMA SCREENING DURING COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE - MAY 3

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From Left are: Seated from right, Daniel Glotzer, M.D., FACS, board certified surgeon, discusses the risk factors associated with skin cancer with Donna Wilson.  Dr. Glotzer and WCA Hospital Wellness will host a free Melanoma Screening, Sunday, May 3rd, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., during the Community Open House at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, April 28, 2009) -Daniel Glotzer, MD, FACS, board certified surgeon on the medical staff at WCA, and the WCA Hospital Wellness team will host a free Melanoma Screening at the WCA Hospital Cancer Treatment Center during its Community Open House on Sunday, May 3. No registration is required.  The screening is open to anyone on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The preventative screening starts at 1:00 p.m. and will close at 2:00 p.m.

The WCA Cancer Treatment Center is located at Jones Memorial Health Center (behind the Family Health Center) – a Division of WCA Hospital, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown.

The melanoma screening will be held in conjunction with a Community Open House to commemorate the collaboration between WCA Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute to expand and enhance radiation medicine services provided to patients diagnosed with cancer who live in Chautauqua County and surrounding communities.  The new affiliation combines the strength of WCA Hospital, recognized for its excellence in cancer care by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, with the expertise of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center, to enhance cancer care throughout the region.

During the free health screening, Dr. Glotzer will test for unusual moles or irregular blemishes that could signify the onset of melanoma or the more common types of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. 

"The best way to lower the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers is to avoid too much exposure to the sun and other sources of UV light," said Dr. Glotzer, physician liaison for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer at WCA Hospital. "Use sunscreen and/or lip balm with a SPF of 15 or higher.  For best results, sunscreen should be put on before you go outside.  People at a higher risk for skin cancer, including melanoma, are those with fair skin and those who burn easily but do not tan after sun exposure.  Make sure you wear a hat that has a two inch rim; baseball caps do not protect your ears and part of the scalp area.  If you participate in watersports, make sure the lotion is waterproof and remember to apply it severals times a day.  Not all menanomas can be prevented, but sunscreen may reduce your risk."

The Community Open House will also include tours of the newly renovated WCA Cancer Treatment Center.  The public will meet the radiation team; view demonstrations of the new cancer fighting technology, the Varian Linear Accelerator; view an Art Exhibit, "Art of Healing" hosted by Aspire of Western New York and The Resource Center; a cello performance, and refreshments. Attendees are entered to win a Sunscreen Bath & Body Basket grand prize and other door prizes.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), Cancer of the skin is the most common of cancers, probably accounting for at least half of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. The ACS estimates that about 62,480 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States during 2008. Incidence rates for melanoma increased sharply at about 6% per year in the 1970s. During the 1980s and 1990s, the rate of increase slowed to a little less than 3% per year. Since 2000, the rate has been fairly stable.

"Our intention is prevention," says Toni DeAngelo, R.N. WCA Hospital Wellness Director.  "As a regionally-based health care organization, we believe that it is important to keep our communities healthy by offering free preventative health screenings that promote early detection and treatment.  We invite our community to attend the free screening and tour our newly renovated cancer treatment center."

For more information about the Community Open House, visit www.wcahospital.org, or contact WCA Hospital Public Relations at (716) 664-8614.

 
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