Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free skin cancer screenings to be offered at Chicago's busiest beach

MAYWOOD, Ill. (July 22, 2014) – Chicago-area dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings at the city's most popular beach this summer. The screenings will take place from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at North Avenue Beach.

The event will be held by members of the Chicago Dermatological Society (CDS) and the Women’s Dermatologic Society, in partnership with doctors at Loyola University Health System, the Chicago Park District and other local dermatologists.

"These free screenings directly target people who are enjoying the outdoors. Since sun exposure is a major risk factor for skin cancer development, it is important to educate people on what to look for to detect any potentially worrisome lesions early on,” said Rebecca Tung, MD, division director of Dermatology, Loyola University Health System, and CDS project chair. "This event brings together physicians from all over the Chicago area to share their life-saving expertise with individuals and families who stop by for a quick skin check."

The event will raise awareness about skin cancer and will provide education about sun safety practices. Dermatologists will be available for screenings and to speak with individuals and families who want to learn more about skin health. Activities also will be offered to entertain the entire family during the event.

"When dealing with skin cancer, early detection is critical to cure this disease," Dr. Tung said. "While enjoying a day at the beach, it is best to learn how to play it safe and keep your skin healthy."

Hundreds of individuals were examined at the skin cancer screening held at North Avenue Beach in 2012. Several potential skin cancers and abnormal moles were identified and referred for treatment.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year, according to the most recent estimates from the American Cancer Society. And 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetimes. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer in 2014.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.