VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 20, 2016) - The Save Your Skin Foundation, a national patient organization focused on skin disease, will host an interactive and informative public forum on skin cancer to help educate and raise awareness in Nanaimo, B.C. and surrounding area.
"Skin cancer is unique in the cancer family as it is highly preventable and curable if caught in the early stages, yet the rates of skin cancer in Canada continue to rise faster than that of any other cancer," says Dr. Gabriele Weichert, Dermatologist, Skin Care West. "There needs to be a clearer understanding of this disease and treatment options. Programs like this forum are important for prevention, early detection and patient support."
This free public skin cancer forum will include an interactive presentation with several experts, including doctors and patients. A leading Dermatologist, Dr. Gabriele Weichert, will discuss the latest medical information on skin cancer recognition and diagnosis, prevention and treatment options. Meloney Edghill and Nigel Deacon, skin cancer survivors from Save Your Skin Foundation, will speak about support groups for skin cancer at a community level. In addition, the Foundation has invited several political stakeholders to attend this educational session.
"Skin cancer rates in Canada continue to rise. Greater public education and awareness are vital to reducing the incidences of skin cancers," says Kathleen Barnard, Founder and President, Save Your Skin Foundation. "We planned the forum to provide professional information and to help answer the many questions patients have on early detection, prevention and current treatment options."
'Mountain or Mole Hill?' FREE SKIN CANCER PUBLIC FORUM:
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Location: The Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, B.C.
- Dr. Gabriele Weichert, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Dermatologist
- Dr. Yana Simice, MD, CCFP(EM), DPD, General Practitioner
- Meloney Edgehill, Skin Cancer Survivor and Patient Representative of Save Your Skin Foundation
- Nigel Deacon, Skin Cancer Survivor and Patient Representative of Save Your Skin Foundation
Refreshments: Free coffee, tea and cookies
Questions can be directed to:
About Skin Care West:
Skin Care West is a unique medical clinic with a team- based approach dedicated to serving patients with skin problems on Central Vancouver Island. There are two Dermatologists (Dr. Gabriele Weichert and Dr. Kristin Noiles) and two Physician Associates (Dr. Yana Simice and Dr. Yevgeny Filanovsky). Each physician brings a unique set of skills, expertise and passion in serving patients with a wide scope of skin conditions including but not limited to precancerous lesions and skin cancer.
About the Save Your Skin Foundation:
The Save Your Skin Foundation is a national not-for profit organization dedicated to the areas of skin cancer and skin disease with a focus on education and awareness, supporting research and ensuring equal and timely access to treatment for all Canadians. Please visit www.saveyourskin.ca for more information.