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Get sun smart: preventing and detecting melanoma


For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2012

Register to attend the free public education session


(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre's London Regional Cancer Program, in partnership with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, is pleased to host a free public education session on sun safety.

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.

"Spring is an ideal time of year to remind people of the many simple, practical things they can do to better sun-protect themselves and reduce their risk of developing melanoma," says Dr. Scott Ernst, Head of Medical Oncology at LHSC's London Regional Cancer Program.

Dr. Ernst 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.

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:      Interested individuals are asked to RSVP for this free event by phone, 519-685-8742, or by
                   e-mail at lrcpeducation@lhsc.on.ca.

                   Media are asked to RSVP to the media contact listed below

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.


For media inquiries contact:

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