Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

UM/Sylvester Provides Free Skin Cancer Screenings at Marlins Sun Safety Day

07.22.2008

Today, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the City of Miami, and the Florida Marlin’s celebrated Sun Safety Day at the new Grapeland Water Park.

UM/Sylvester offered free skin cancer screenings to adults while Billy the Marlin and the Marlins Mermaids passed out free sunscreen, towels, and hats. Elizabeth Alvarez Connelly, M.D., assistant professor of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery and co-director, the Division of Pediatric Dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, led several dermatology residents in facilitating and conducting more than 80 skin cancer screenings while also providing educational presentations with the Florida Marlins. The Marlins Manatees joined in on the fun by challenging kids to a friendly cannonball competition.

The City of Miami’s Mayor Manny Diaz, along with commissioners Angel Sanchez and Angel Gonzalez saluted the Florida Marlin’s efforts in raising awareness about skin cancer to the community.

During the Sun Safety Day event, parents and children were given tips on how to protect themselves from the sizzling sun and early detection methods.

UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats more than 3,700 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion is currently underway, which will double the size of this facility by adding diagnostic imaging services, additional chemotherapy chairs, and expanded exam rooms. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with physicians from 12 of UM/Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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