SSDP doctors take aim at skin cancer during free skin cancer screenings

SSDP cancer screeningFour Board-certified South Shore Dermatology Physicians (SSDP) dermatologists put on the gloves to combat skin cancer during the first week of May.

Doctors Leera M. Briceno, Amy S. Chang, Jay M. Ritt, and Viraj Shroff-Mehta provided free skin cancer screenings to more than 50 community members on May 5 and 8, as part of the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Annual Free Skin Cancer Screening campaign. The screenings were held at Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center in Brockton.

The doctors, all Board certified dermatologists, examined 41 women and 15 men between the ages of 20-89, with the largest number of participants ranging in age from 50-69. Three individuals reported having a personal history of skin cancer and 19 reported having a family history of skin cancer.

Of the 56 people examined, 32% were advised to have a suspicious-looking lesion biopsied by a physician and to discuss the recommendations with their primary care physician.

SSDP’s dermatologists have volunteered their time and expertise at Annual Free Skin Cancer Screenings for the community since the practice was founded in 2008. More than 2.4 million screenings have been performed by AAD members nationwide since 1985, and more than 238,000 suspicious lesions, including 26,500 suspected melanomas, have been detected.  

Among the participants at the Good Samaritan skin cancer screening, 24 people said that without this event they would not have seen a doctor for their skin, 15 people said they rarely or never used sunscreen, and 20 reported that they had used indoor tanning equipment.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but if it is detected and treated early, it is nearly always curable,” explains SSDP dermatologist Leera M. Briceno, MD. “SSDP is proud to take part in the AAD’s annual skin cancer screenings for the community so that we can help Massachusetts residents enjoy healthy skin for life.”

 

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