More than 350 people attended a free skin cancer screening clinic in University Hospital Kerry on Saturday 21 May 2016.
The event was organised by Dr Johnny Bourke and Dr LesleyAnn Murphy Consultant Dermatologists University Hospital Kerry as part of Euromelanoma and they were assisted by Consultants Dr Michelle Murphy and Dr Mary Bennett (South Infirmary Cork) and Dr Norin Ni Scannlain (Bon Secours Hospital Tralee).
Euro-Melanoma is a pan-European prevention campaign against skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. 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. The screening day serves to highlight awareness of skin cancer amongst the general public and to encourage self checks for new or changing skin lesions.
Dr Johnny Bourke and Dr LesleyAnn Murphy provide a consultant delivered weekly dermatology clinic in University Hospital Kerry which sees and treats skin cancers as well as all inflammatory dermatoses. Phototherapy for psoriasis is also provided at the hospital.
The large turnout at the screening days reflects the publicity that the event was provided by Kerry Radio and the Kerry County Board.