The month of May is just around the corner, which as you may know, is now officially “Melanoma Awareness Month” in the state of New Hampshire. As one of the ways in which we will be honoring this proclamation, we have teamed up with two local area hospitals to provide skin cancer screenings completely free of charge.
As is true in many areas of health, but especially relevant in regards to cancers of the skin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Numerous studies have shown that with early detection, these types of cancer can have a remarkably high treatment success rate. A study by the American Cancer Society informs us that by immediately identifying and properly treating Melanoma, the 5-year survival rate is 97%. However, when left unattended, the numbers drop dramatically. By the time the cancer has reached the lymph nodes, the survival rate falls to 62%. If it advances into distant organs, the chance of successful treatment is only 16%.
At Dermatology and Skin Health, we are deeply committed to the health of our patients, as well as the community as a whole. We have chosen to conduct these screenings as a way to continue to advocate for more widespread skin cancer awareness, and also as a way to provide access to care for those who may be currently experiencing financial difficulties that prevent them from attending a regular office visit.
The free screenings will take place at Wentworth-Douglass and Frisbee Memorial Hospitals on Monday, May 9th and again at Wentworth-Douglass on Wednesday, May 11th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Exams will be performed by our team of professionals, including Niki Bryn, APRN, and Michelle Roy, PA-C, who have all donated their time to this important cause. Although typically taking only about five minutes to perform, appointments are required, and will be managed through the hospitals’ administration. To schedule a screening at Wentworth-Douglass, please call: 603-740-2818. For Frisbee Memorial the number is: 603-335-8490.
Although it’s only five minutes, it’s five minutes that could save the life of you or a loved one. Schedule your appointment today.