MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2012

Get sun smart: preventing and detecting melanoma

Free public education session

          

(LONDON, Ontario) – Media are invited to attend a free public education session on sun safety, hosted in partnership by London Health Sciences Centre's London Regional Cancer Program and the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

Dr. Scott Ernst, Head of Medical Oncology at LHSC's London Regional Cancer Program, will host the session and will be joined by community dermatologist, Dr. Wei Jing Loo and Dr. Kathryn Roth, reconstructive surgeon at St. Joseph's Health Care London.

Dr. Loo will speak on prevention; providing smart steps people can take to protect themselves and highlighting the ugly facts of tanning beds. Dr. Roth will speak on early detection; teaching attendees how to identify the early signs of melanoma.

Date:          Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time:          7:15 - 9:00 p.m. EST
Location:  Civic Gardens - Birch Hall
                    625 Springbank Drive (corner of Wonderland Rd. and Springbank Dr.)
                    London, ON
RSVP:       Media are asked to RSVP to mandy.gelinas@lhsc.on.ca. Public registration for the event
                    has  closed.

Melanoma is one of the most rapidly rising cancers. It is expected that there will be 5,500 new cases and 950 related deaths in Canada this year. While genetics plays a significant role in development of melanoma, intermittent and chronic sun exposure is an important risk factor for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

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For more information contact:

Mandy Gelinas
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 75157

mandy.gelinas@lhsc.on.ca


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