University of New Mexico Hosting Free Skin Cancer Screening May 4

Get a free exam and talk to experts about skin cancer during a free University of New Mexico screening May 4.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of New Mexico Department of Dermatology and UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. It will run from 11 am - 4 pm at the Department of Dermatology clinic located at 1021 Medical Arts Avenue NE. The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Cancer Fund is underwriting the cost for the screening.

About the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center:

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 600 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), have provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and 70 percent of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer.

Cancer center patients came from every county in New Mexico. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $50 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications.

Contact information:

Michele Sequeira, UNM Cancer Center, 505-925-0486, msequeira@salud.unm.edu.

Alexandria Sanchez, UNM Health System, 505-313-3429, alexsanchez@salud.unm.edu