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Free skin cancer screening event

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NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. – The Fletcher High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 21 as part of the 2016 Dancin’ in the Streets Festival at Beaches Town Center. 

Volunteer dermatologists from the Jacksonville Dermatology Society will be on hand to screen anyone without charge at the Fletcher PTSA booth, near the corner of First Street and Lemon Street in Neptune Beach.  Information on skin cancer prevention will also be provided.

More than 2 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in the U.S., including over 100,000 new cases of the deadliest skin cancer, melanoma.

Although melanoma is highly curable when detected and treated early, one American will die from it almost every hour.  

The total direct cost associated with the treatment of skin cancer in the US exceeds $1.5 billion each year. Nearly all cases of skin cancer are related to sun exposure.

According to Charles Perniciaro, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and member of the Jacksonville Dermatology Society, “One in five persons in the United States will suffer from skin cancer.  Many of us in Florida are at risk, particularly those with a fair complexion who sunburn easily. ”