CCMAC has been providing FREE Skin Cancer Screenings on the Boardwalk at Jones Beach State Park, Nassau & Suffolk County Parks, and other locations around the New York metropolitan area since 2005. Early identification and early intervention saves lives. Many of those screened are referred to private physicians for more comprehensive examinations and follow up. One in 5 will get Skin Cancer in their lifetime.
Without the dedication and generosity of dermatologist, residents, and other staff from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Stony Brook University, Mount Sinai, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Belaray Dermatology, All Island Dermatology, and McClain Laboratories these life saving screenings would not be able to provided to the Long Island Community. Early identification and early intervention saves lives. Many of those screened are referred to private physicians for more comprehensive examinations and follow up.
FREE SKIN SCREENING
HAS YOUR SKIN SURVIVED THE SUMMER?
In response to the Surgeon General’s Skin Cancer Call to Action
NY State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford
CCMAC, Moku Surf, Belaray Dermatology, McClain Labs and Stony Brook Univ. Hosp. Dermatology, provided FREE Skin Screenings on the Beach and the Boardwalk between Monroe Blvd. and Long Beach Road, Long Beach NY., where Moku Surf hosted their Second Annual Long Board Surfer Tournament .
Long Beach Screening Summary
Of the 121 individuals seen – 1/2 were referred for follow-up. Generally over the past 12 years our stats are 1/3rd however the population were mostly those who surf and frequent the beach often. Our very first screening event at Jones Beach years ago required 1/2 referral. We were particularly pleased to reach the surfers – certainly a high risk group.
The value in such an initiative is that we get to speak on a one to one basis to participants after the dermatologist has seen them and give them additional brochures etc. regarding skin cancer prevention I love the beach myself however always wear a UV Shirt while swimming and I find it also keeps me cool when on the beach under the umbrella.
It is particularly rewarding when pre-cancerous lesions are picked up – certainly saves a lot of heartache and healthcare dollars not to mention Basel, Squamous and Melanoma – when diagnosed early. The anniversary of Kathy Antonacci’s husbands passing from Melanoma was the day of the event, and to quote her, “what better way to spend the day”. She, Cory and Deb Amato handled registration and collection of forms which was not easy in the sand on a warm day. Donald & Barbara did the boardwalk registration etc. Joseph Buckshaw, Frank O’hara’s grandson distributed brochures and invited folks to attend as well as setting up with the guys. Kim handled the flow of patients with Tony Amato taking over when she had to leave.
We were most grateful to have Joseph Buckshaw and his friend Jason with us. Joe, Jason and his other friends have helped us at the walk many times. We know how important it is to have the interest of youth.
Special thanks to Assemblyman Kaminsky and his staff for their participation, support and getting the word out. We also thank Kevin Sime of Moku Surf for their invitation to share in their event, and for helping provide a much needed and life saving service to the surfing community. Kevin was on the Boardwalk at 6 am., with several others helping us set up the event.
Thank you to all of you who so willingly give of your time. It is because of you that CCMAC has continued in this important work.
Tanner Park, Copiague, NY., July 16th, 2015
CCMAC collaborated with Dr. Jennifer DeFazio and the residents of Stonybrook Hospital Dermatology Department, Dr. Scott Flugman, and Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Laboratories, Senator Phil Boyle and Senator Michael Venditto to provide FREE Skin Cancer Screenings on July 16th at Tanner Park.
NYS Lifeguard Screening, May 9th, 2015, Suffolk Community College, Brentwood NY.
CCMAC, and the lifeguards screened GREATLY APPRECIATE the doctors and volunteers who donate their time to provide the screenings. Special thanks to Steve McClain, of McClain Laboratories and Dr. Pamela Basuk, of Basuk Dermatology, Dr. Peter O’Neill of Garden City, NY., Dr. Todd Coven of the Mount Sinai North Shore Medical Group, CCMAC volunteers Rosemarie Scelfo, Kathy Antonacci, Colette Coyne Sr. and Paul Steck.