Photo from left to right: Assemblyman Dave McDonough, R-Merrick, CCMAC co-founder and Executive Director Colette Coyne, Dr. Steve McClain, Eli McClain, Dr. Amy Slear, Dr. Jeffrey Ellis, & State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R- Merrick
State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo,, R-Merrick, and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) partnered to sponsor a free skin cancer screening program at Wantagh Park this past Thursday to help protect residents from skin cancer
CCMAC worked with Dr. Jeffrey Ellis & Dr. Amy Slear of Belaray Dermatology, Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Labs, and doctors from Stony Brook Hospital Dermatology Service to provide free screenings at Wantagh Park.
A total of 164 visitors were screened, with 1/3rd requiring referral to a dermatologist for a suspected skin cancer. One in five people will be diagnosed with some
type of skin cancer in their lifetime. Malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, is the fastest growing cancer in America, claiming one life every hour. People of all ethnic backgrounds and races can get skin cancer. One blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence more than doubles melanoma risk later in life.
Identifying and treating a melanoma early can be a life saving event. You can find more information about how to do a self-skin exam and what to look for here.