May 12, 2003

MEDIA CONTACT: John Lazarou
PHONE: 410-502-8902
E-MAIL: jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

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: