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Release Date: 05/13/2016

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers; more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S. It is also the easiest to cure if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death. To assist the public in spotting potential skin cancers, Kent Hospital is offering a free skin screening on Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the hospital's Ambulatory Surgery Center. There is no fee for the initial screening.

The program is sponsored by the hospital's cancer program and supported by the American Academy of Dermatology. Drs. Frankel and Bharier, along with their physician assistants will be conducting this year's screening. Registration is required. Please call (401) 737-7010, extension 31857, with your name and phone number by May 15. Space is limited.

Directions to Kent Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Center: turn into the main entrance and take first right, just past the Emergency Department. Follow the main drive up to the main entrance of the hospital and the Ambulatory Surgery Center is straight ahead.

About Kent Hospital

Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.

A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.

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