deland free cancer screenings
PHOTO COURTESY ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY AND COSMETIC SURGERY LOCAL LOCATION — DeLand's Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery clinic at 600 W. Plymouth Ave. is taking part in the company's nationwide push to encourage cancer screenings during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery will offer free skin-cancer screenings to breast-cancer patients and survivors throughout October to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The company, which has a DeLand office at 600 W. Plymouth Ave., launched the free screenings nationally to bring awareness to the links between skin cancer and breast cancer.

“Studies have found that patients with breast cancer have up to a 2.5 times greater risk of developing melanoma. Having the BRCA2 or breast cancer gene also substantially increases the risk of melanoma,” Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Kaufmann said. “In addition, patients who have or have had melanoma have a 1.4 greater chance of developing breast cancer, making regular screenings crucial for early detection and vital for saving lives.”

Across the U.S., due to the coronavirus pandemic, more than 1 million early cancer screenings were delayed, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Those delays mean a cancer exam could be lifesaving now.

People living in the Sunshine State are at an even higher risk of developing some cancers.

“One in five people — an estimated 9,500 people a day — will develop melanoma, a form of skin cancer,” Dr. William Steffes said. “As Floridians living in a state with 237 days of sunshine a year, we are at an even higher risk of dangerous UV [ultraviolet] exposure by just living our everyday lives.”

Steffes is a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology’s DeLand clinic.

“When detected early,” he said, “the survival rate of melanoma is 99 percent, making it key for people of all ages, skin colors and lifestyles to get screened by a professional at least once a year.”

Free screenings begin Oct. 1 and can be scheduled by calling 844-987-3376.

For more information, visit the company’s website, HERE.

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