John Theurer Cancer Center Partners with The Promise Foundation Host Free Skin Cancer Screenings on May 17

Mon, April 02, 2012

Hackensack, N.J. (April 1, 2012) – John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, one of the nation’s 50 best cancer centers, is partnering with The Promise Foundation to sponsor a one-day clinic offering free skin cancer screenings and prevention consultation. This second annual event, “Make a Promise for Extraordinary Skin Care: Awareness, Prevention, Detection,” will take place on Thursday, May 17 from 2:00-7:00 pm for the community. Screenings are offered by appointment only.

“Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer that Americans face today. Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 5 Americans will develop some kind of skin cancer, ” Andrew Pecora, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.E., Chief Innovations Officer, Professor, Vice President of Cancer Services and Co-Chief, Skin and Sarcoma, Cutaneous Malignancy Program. “The good news is that skin cancer is by far the most preventable kind of cancer and often highly treatable when diagnosed early. That is why prevention and screening programs are so important.”

Early detection and education are the most powerful tools in the fight against skin cancer. The survival rate for patients with melanoma who get diagnosed early is well over 95 percent. Unfortunately, if the disease is allowed to progress that number plummets to a sobering 15 percent. 

“Last year, we screened 100 with the help of John Theurer Cancer Center physicians and staff,” said Lisa Gallo-Conklin, President of The Promise Foundation. “Early detection can be as simple as a life-saving screening and may be one of the best things you ever do for yourself and your family.”

The event will be held at the John Theurer Cancer Center at 92 Second Street in Hackensack, NJ. Due to limited availability, the skin cancer screenings will be offered by appointment only. You must be 18 years or older to participate. To arrange an appointment, contact Health Awareness Regional Program (HARP) at 551-996-2038 or harp@hackensackUMC.org.

About Skin Cancer
Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States, with an estimated 68,130 new cases diagnosed in 2010. According to the American Cancer Society, if caught early, melanoma is treatable. It is the most common form of cancer among young adults ages 25 to 29.

About the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is among the nation’s top 50 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals for cancer – the only cancer center in New Jersey with this designation. It is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, preventive care, as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancer.

Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to the John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. The 14 specialized divisions feature a team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. The John Theurer Cancer Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care, state of the art technology, access to clinical trials, compassionate care and medical expertise—all under one roof. For more information please visit jtcancercenter.org.

About The Promise Foundation
The Promise Foundation was formed in honor of Susan DeZaio, a friend, daughter, wife and mother who passed away at the young age of 45 after a 22-month battle with melanoma. The foundation’s mission is to promote awareness of melanoma, promote early detection of the disease, and encourage early diagnosis. For more information, visit www.promisefoundation.org or contact thepromise@promisefoundation.org.

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