Southwestern Vermont Medical Center offers free skin cancer screening

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in partnership with Lixia Ellis, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified dermatologist of Dartmouth Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and with the American Academy of Dermatology will offer a free full body skin screening from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The skin screening will take place at SVMC Dermatology, 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 205, in Bennington.

An appointment is required. Leave a message including your name and daytime telephone number at 802-440-4264 to schedule an appointment. Appointments fills quickly based on the order of calls.

While open to anyone, the screenings are offered especially for people with no insurance or with high deductibles. Those who have risk factors for skin cancer, have never had a screening, and want to learn more about preventing and recognizing skin cancer are especially encouraged to schedule.

“Cases of melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, are more prevalent in this area,” said Ellis. “While melanoma is one of the most serious forms of skin cancer, if detected and treated early the survival rate is 98 percent. If it metastasizes to the lymph nodes, however, the odds of survival decline significantly.”

Those who are unable to schedule a screening during the free event are encouraged to request a skin cancer screening at their next primary care appointment. To find a primary care provider, visit www.svhealthcare.org.

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