Free Skin Cancer Screening At NYU Langone Medical Center

Screening Participants Can Also Participate in Study to Help Identify Genetic Risk Factors for Melanoma

New York, NY (May 3, 2010) - NYU Langone Medical Center's Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology will host its annual free skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM at 550 First Avenue in New York City in the Charles C. Harris Skin and Cancer Pavilion. The screening is open to the public -- especially those who have a changing mole, a history of melanoma or are over the age of 50 and do not have a regular dermatologist. No appointment is necessary. The screening is collaboration between NYU Langone's Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Who: General Public

What: Free Skin Cancer Screening by Dermatologists from NYU Langone's

Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology

Where: NYU Langone Medical Center

Charles C. Harris Skin and Cancer Pavilion, 1st floor

550 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10016

When: Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Individuals at the screening will also have the opportunity to volunteer to participate in a new clinical study designed to identify the genetic factors that may predispose patients to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Enrollment in the study requires the completion of a short questionnaire, a photograph of their back to assess their number of moles and skin sun damage, and a sample of their saliva to collect their DNA. Once study samples are collected, the DNA of melanoma patients will be compared with the DNA of non-melanoma patients. This comparison study will help researchers identify any gene variations between both groups. Participation in the study is optional.

About NYU Langone Medical Center:

NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation's premier centers of excellence in healthcare, biomedical research, and medical education. For over 168 years, NYU physicians and researchers have made countless contributions to the practice and science of health care. Today the Medical Center consists of NYU School of Medicine, including the Smilow Research Center, the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, and the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; and the NYU Hospitals Center, including Tisch Hospital, a 705-bed acute-care general hospital, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the first and largest facility of its kind, and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, a leader in musculoskeletal care, a Clinical Cancer Center and numerous ambulatory sites.

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Monday, May 3, 2010