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April 30 - Melanoma Awareness Walk with Low Country Dermatology to be Held at Skidaway Island State Park on May 19

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 30, 2018 - In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington and Elizabeth Brennan of Low Country Dermatology will lead a melanoma awareness walk on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Skidaway Island State Park.

Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile walk along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Water, sunscreen and some light refreshments will be provided.

National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, is celebrated in May to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.

“For those of us who live along the southern coastline, staying out of the sun is often not practical or desirable," Howington said. "It’s important for everyone to learn some simple but essential ways to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays before they and their family head off to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff will give participants SPF30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of skin cancer by a whopping 80 percent.

They also will share “did you know” facts during the hike, such as:

  • Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
  • The American Association of Dermatology estimates the rates of melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:
    • Approximately 178,560 new melanomas.
    • About 91,270 of those cases will be invasive.
  • Rates for melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years, and melanoma accounts for nearly half of all cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

Indications of potential skin cancer include moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser or have evolved in size or thickness. Self-examine your skin; when caught early, melanoma is highly curable.

Registration for the event is $35, which includes the parking fee for the park. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy N. and J.C Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah. Participants are asked to meet the group at Picnic Area-A after entering the park.

Tickets and more information for Low Country Dermatology’s Melanoma Awareness Walk can be found at https://cityspin.com/savannah/e/melanoma-awareness-walk/

*EDITOR'S NOTE: (May 3, 2018) This story has been updated to reflect a change in the recipient of the proceeds.

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