April 24, 2007
Contact: Jenn Forbes
Phone: (732) 235-6356
Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group
Hosts Skin Cancer Screening
SOMERSET — The Department of Dermatology at the Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group will hold a free skin cancer screening for the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The screening is part of a national program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). According to the AAD, regular screenings are essential because skin cancer, the most common form of cancer, has a 95 percent cure rate, if detected early.
The screenings will take place at 1 World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400, Somerset. Led by Babar Rao, MD, assistant professor and interim chair, department of dermatology, physicians will conduct full-body screenings and discuss the results with patients. Screenings will include a visual inspection of the patient’s entire body, in addition to questions regarding family history and sun exposure and protection.
Patients will be encouraged to make a follow-up appointment with their own doctor or with a University Medical Group dermatologist to discuss the outcome of the screening, if necessary. Patients also will be provided educational materials about skin cancer, self-examinations and sun safety.
The screening is free, however registration is required by calling 732-235-5782.
Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group is the faculty practice group of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
UMDNJ is the nation’s largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,700 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and a school of public health on five campuses. Annually, there are more than two million patient visits at UMDNJ facilities and faculty practices at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a statewide mental health and addiction services network.