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July 12, 2012
Doctors to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings at Chicago's Busiest Beach
Dermatologists to see people where they sun at North Avenue Beach
VERNON HILLS, Ill. - Chicago-area dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings to sun worshipers at the city's most popular beach this summer. The screenings will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, at North Avenue Beach.
Members of the Chicago Dermatological Society (CDS), in partnership with doctors at Loyola University Health System, the Chicago Park District and other local dermatologists, will hold Sun Smart Chicago 2012.
"These free screenings directly target people who are already out in the sun and placing themselves at risk for skin cancer," said Rebecca Tung, MD, division director of Dermatology, Loyola University Health System, and CDS project chair. "This event will allow doctors from all over the Chicago area to bring our clinics to the beachside to make it more convenient for sun worshipers to get checked."
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about skin cancer and to 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," said Mark Hoffman, MD, CDS president. "People can put the sunbathing and beach volleyball aside for a few minutes to get screened. This will then allow us to identify individuals who are at risk and to possibly save lives."
Sun Smart Chicago 2012 comes on the heels of the City Council's decision to ban minors from using indoor tanning salons due to the risks for skin cancer associated with tanning beds. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. In 2010, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in the United States, according to the most recent estimates from the American Cancer Society. Of those, 68,720 were melanomas, which resulted in 8,650 deaths.
At previous events CDS has sponsored at North Avenue Beach, hundreds of individuals were screened with numerous referrals for potentially life-saving follow-up exams.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.