>17th Annual Skin Cancer Screening offered by CarolinaEast Health System


Free Screening has Spotted Hundreds of Melanomas Over the Years

New Bern, NC – For the 17th consecutive year, CarolinaEast Health System, local physicians and the American Cancer Society are partnering to offer a free skin cancer screening to the coastal Carolina community. The event will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 9am – 12pm in the Oncology Center on the CarolinaEast Medical Center campus.

“We have literally screened thousands of individuals over the years and referred hundreds for further evaluation,” explained Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations. “Our community has come to expect us to provide this screening every year. We are happy to do so because it means people truly understand the importance of being sun-smart and we want to encourage and advance that understanding,” she added.

While walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come-first serve basis if possible, it is recommended that interested individuals make an appointment. “This is a very popular annual event. In order to provide it to as many people as possible, we ask that appointments be made,” explained McGarvey. Appointments for the May 14th screening will be accepted on Wednesday, May 4th from 9am until 4pm. The number to call is 252-633-8099. You must be 18 years old to participate. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

McGarvey explained that anyone with a suspicious skin lesion is strongly encouraged to participate. As with most cancers, the earlier skin cancer is detected the higher the probability for recovery. In addition to the screening, educational material about skin cancer, its prevention and treatment will be available along with sunscreen samples.

For more information, call 252-633-8154.

Submitted by: Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations, CarolinaEast Health System, 2000 Neuse Blvd., P.O. Box 12157, New Bern, NC 28561