For immediate release: May 14, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas - Approximately 28 percent of the people who attended a free skin cancer screening at the Family Healthcare Center, 3828 Avenue N, on May 5 were found to have cancer or precancerous lesions. The annual, free skin cancer screening clinic, sponsored by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, was part of a national effort coordinated by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Cancer Society to educate the public about the benefits of early skin cancer detection. According to Sharon Raimer, chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology, 17 people were diagnosed with skin cancer, including two with melanoma, and 24 were found to have precancerous lesions. All 41 were encouraged to seek additional medical attention. A total of 149 people were screened during the three-hour session. Raimer, said, "Even though the number of people attending the clinic was up this year, we'd like to see even more. A screening takes only a few minutes. It's important not to ignore lesions and precancerous conditions that are easily cured when caught early." The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Public Affairs Office 301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102 Galveston, Texas 77555-0144 www.utmb.edu