UCSF offers free skin cancer screenings & opens shade structure

Two special UCSF events this week emphasize sun safety. Media are invited to cover.

WHAT:


DEDICATION OF PLAYGROUND SHADE STRUCTURE

The ceremony highlights a new playground shade structure at a local middle school. The structure was built by members of the UCSF Department of Dermatology in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Kipp SF Bay Academy, 1430 Scott Street, San Francisco

   

FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS

Members of the public are invited to undergo free skin cancer screenings. Sponsored by the UCSF Department of Dermatology, this event is part of a national education effort of the AAD to educate patients. No appointment is necessary.

Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center, 1701 Divisadero Street, Third Floor, San Francisco

WHY:


May is designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by the American Academy of Dermatology.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and often develops from childhood sun exposure. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes, but through early detection, it can be highly curable.

INTERVIEW, PHOTO AND VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES:

UCSF dermatology specialists, skin cancer patients, and dedication ceremony.

MEDIA CONTACT:


Kristen Bole, UCSF News Office, 415-476-2557.

ABOUT UCSF:


UCSF is a leading university that advances health worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences and health professions, and providing complex patient care.