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Free skin cancer screenings offered to the public as warm weather approaches

For release on May 03, 2011

Indianapolis, IN--- According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States.  The ACS recommends a cancer related checkup by a physician, including skin examination, for people ages 20 or older. In 2009, more than 1 million non-melanoma and 68,720 melanoma cases were estimated in the United States. 

In order to help consumers determine their risk of skin cancer, Community Regional Cancer Care, part of Community Health Network, will offer free skin cancer screenings in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and dermatologists certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. The screenings will be conducted by appointment only, by calling 800-777-7775.

Cancer screenings will take place on the following dates in May:

May 12, 2011
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Community Regional Cancer Care-North
7229 Clearvista Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46256

May 17, 2011
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Community Regional Cancer Care-South
Office of Dr. Venkatesh
1550 East County Line Road, Suite 325
Indianapolis, IN 46227

May 24, 2011
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Community Regional Cancer Care-East
Radiation Oncology Department
1500 North Ritter Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Health experts recommend the following tips for preventing skin cancer:
• Limit or avoid exposure to the sun during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• Wear a hat that shades the face, neck and ears when outdoors
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect skin from the sun
• Wear sunglasses to protect the skin around the eyes
• Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in access to innovative and compassionate healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, in convenient health pavilions and doctor’s offices, in the workplace, at schools, in the home and online. As a nonprofit health system with multiple affiliates throughout Indiana, Community’s wide continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, full-service hospitals, surgery centers, physician practices, home care services, walk-in care centers and employer health services. To put the needs and the convenience of patients first, Community pioneers advanced treatments and world-class health information technologies, with a focus on exceptional care, simply delivered. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.

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Courtney Jones, Media Relations
Courtney Jones
Media Relations