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Loyola to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Doctors will see patients at 2 locations in western suburbs

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dermatologists from Loyola University Health System will offer free skin cancer screenings in May as part of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

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 have resulted in 8,650 deaths.

“People who may have unusual moles or lesions anywhere on their body should be checked by a professional. These types of growths have the potential to be a melanoma but can be easily diagnosed,” said Rebecca Tung, MD, director of the Division of Dermatology at Loyola University Health System. “People should take every opportunity to get screened. This way if something of risk is identified, there is a much better chance of a good prognosis."

The free screenings will be held Friday, May 11, 1-5 p.m. at the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, 6800 N. Frontage Road, 2nd Floor, and Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Loyola Center for Health at LaGrange Park, 321 N. LaGrange Rd. An appointment is required. To schedule, call (888) LUHS-888, (888-584-7888).

For more information, media representatives should call Nora Dudley in Loyola Media Relations, (708) 216-6268.

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.

Media Relations

Nora Plunkett
Media Relations
(708) 216-6268
nplunkett@lumc.edu
Anne Dillon
Media Relations
(708) 216-8232
adillon@lumc.edu