May 12, 2003
MEDIA CONTACT: John Lazarou
Hopkins Doctor Provides Information about Melanoma
Too much fun in the sun can be fatal. The medical community wants to remind summer enthusiasts that sun exposure is linked to melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that kills an estimated 8,000 people a year in the United States. Mona Mofid, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins, says many of these deaths can be prevented by limiting sun exposure, using sunblocks and wearing protective clothing, and through early detection and treatment of the disease.
Mofid is available to discuss melanoma, provide important information on preventive methods and treatment options, and answer the following questions:
- What simple measures can you do to protect yourself from skin cancer?
- How treatable is melanoma?
- Does melanoma affect dark-skinned individuals?
- Is applying sunscreen effective in the battle against skin cancer? If so, which level do you recommend and how often should it be applied?
- Are there currently medications or vaccines to combat
Mona Z. Mofid, M.D. assistant professor of dermatology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine http://www.hopkinsdermatology.org
CONTACT: John M. Lazarou