CONTACT: TOM WALLJASPER
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8790 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 1, 2002
Public invited to seminar on skin cancer
Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts
discuss skin cancer at a free community seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21
at the Clarion Conference Center, 1220 First Ave., in Coralville.
Duane Whitaker, M.D., professor, Daniel A. Davis, M.D., associate faculty
member, and Mary King, a registered nurse and nursing specialist in skin cancer
and surgery, all from the UI department of dermatology, will present, "Truth
or Consequences: Know the Facts about Skin Cancer." This program is part
of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health
This program will present a comprehensive overview of skin cancer and will
include discussion of:
-- The myths of skin cancer;
-- The effects of tanning booths;
-- Understanding sunscreen;
-- Protecting your children.
The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the
United States this year. If detected early, skin cancer can be easily treated.
However, the warning signs are often overlooked. Nearly 10,000 Americans will
die from melanoma and nonmelanoma forms of skin cancer this year, according
to the American Cancer Society.
Some 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to the age of 65 will have skin
cancer at least once, according to current estimates. Anyone can get skin
cancer. However, people at greatest risk have fair skin that freckles easily
-- often those with red or blond hair and blue or light colored eyes. It is
estimated that people get about 80 percent of their total lifetime sun exposure
in the first 18 years of life. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main
cause of skin cancer.
The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin such
as a new growth or a sore that doesn't heal. The cure rate could be nearly
100 percent if all skin cancers were detected early and treated.
Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information, or
to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and
Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and
services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.