2016 Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, yet most skin cancers can be prevented. Every year, there are 63,000 new cases of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer. In Ocean and Monmouth Counties new cases and deaths from Melanoma are significantly higher than statewide.

Ultraviolet (UV) exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer. A new CDC study shows that the majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

In fact, fewer than 15% of men and fewer than 30% of women reported using sunscreen regularly on their face and other exposed skin when outside for more than 1 hour.

Many women report that they regularly use sunscreen on their faces but not on other exposed skin.

Community Medical Center provided a skin cancer screening at to the public on Wednesday, June 29 at the Medical Center. Screenings were provided by Drs. Avery Kuflick and Dr. Tithi Mitra. Nursing staff from the oncology unit assisted. There were 67 people screened—16 referred for biopsies, 24 referred to a dermatologist and 27 recommend for annual screenings.

Community Medical Center also participated in the annual state-wide skin cancer screening program “Choose Your Cover” on Saturday, July 16 at Island Beach State Park. Dr. Stephen Kupferberg, who has volunteered for this event for the past 6 years--and Dr. Marianne Holler provided the screenings. Nursing staff from the oncology unit assisted. . There were 68 people screened—6 referred for biopsies, 4 referred to a dermatologist and 58 recommend for annual screenings.