NANAIMO, BC, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - On Thursday, October 10, 2013, the Canadian Dermatology Association and Nanaimo dermatologist, Dr. Gabriele Wiechert, will host a free skin cancer screening clinic to educate the public on the importance of early detection and prevention for all skin cancers. Participants will also learn how to conduct at-home skin cancer self-examinations.
|Who:||Dr. Gabriele Weichert, Nanaimo dermatologist, Canadian Dermatology Association|
|What:|| Skin cancer screening and early detection awareness event
Interview & Photo Opp: a skin cancer screening; how to do a skin check
|When:||Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
|Where:||Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Little Jack Room A|
|Why:||To create awareness about importance of early detection by conducting regular at-home self-exams|
- Research shows that 53% of melanoma skin cancers are discovered by the patients themselves and a further 17% by their family members.
- Early detection of skin cancer leads to a 90% or higher cure rate.
- An estimated 187,600 new cases of cancer (excluding about 81,700 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 75,500 deaths will occur in Canada in 2013.
- 2 people die every week in British Columbia from melanoma skin cancer.
- There will be an estimated 950 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in British Columbia this year, with 140 deaths.
Other relevant information:
- Skin cancer statistics and fact sheets will be available on-site
- Digital photos of skin cancers will also be made available upon request
- Dr. Weichert will be available for interviews between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
For further information:
Laura Craig, Communications Coordinator
Office: 613-738-1748 ext. 299