Roswell Park partners with the Sabres to provide free skin cancer testing

Posted at 11:32 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 11:32:01-04

Roswell Park and the Sabres are inviting the public to take part in a free skin cancer screening at the KeyBank Center.

Pre-registration is required for the screening on May 11 from 3-7 p.m., but all are invited to come and learn about skin cancer prevention and early detection.

Those who participate will also get the chance to visit the Sabres locker room.

"Roswell Park is proud to join with the Buffalo Sabres to offer this valuable prevention and early detection event," said Ilene Rothman, MD, Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Oncology in the Department of Dermatology at Roswell Park. "Each year in the U.S., nearly five million people are treated for all skin cancers combined. We want to make people aware of the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer as well as what they can do to prevent skin cancer. For most types of skin cancers, cure is highly likely if they are detected early and treated promptly."

The screening examination takes about ten minutes. A physician, physician's assistant or nurse from Roswell Park's Department of Dermatology will look at suspicious moles, growths and sores. They will also teach patients how to self-examinate their skin in order to detect skin cancer early and get treatment quickly.

Those eligible for the screening include anyone who has artificially tanned, worked outside, has a suspicious mole or spot or have had a severe blistering sunburn. To see if you are eligible, call Roswell Park at 1-877-ASK RPCI (1-877-275-7724).