SkinCare Physicians, a Boston dermatology center, is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed event designed to teach couples how to perform self-examinations for skin cancer and how to screen their partners.
Boston, Massachusetts (February 2011) – SkinCare Physicians, a comprehensive Boston area dermatology center, is offering couples the opportunity to learn how to examine themselves and their partners for early signs of skin cancer, such as melanoma. As a Valentine’s Day special, the “Love Your Partner from Head to Toe” event will occur February 15 from 4 to 6 pm at the SkinCare Physicians office in Chestnut Hill, MA.
The event, which requires an appointment, includes a full-body skin examination by a dermatologist. Medical studies have shown that full-body evaluation by a dermatologist leads to higher chances of detection at an early stage, when the cancer is more likely to be curable.
“Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but cure rates are very high if we detect it early,” says Dr. Robin Travers, the dermatologist who will be performing the screenings for skin cancer in the Boston area. “Yearly screenings by a dermatologist increase the chances of catching the cancer early, but the cancer is even more likely to be caught if patients perform their own monthly skin examinations.”
Studies have shown that when partners learn to do these full examinations together, they feel more confident about this task. For example, couples can help each other to examine areas such as the back or scalp.
“We’re offering our patients and the general public the perfect way to demonstrate that their love goes more than skin deep,” Dr. Travers notes. “No one wants their loved one to experience the ordeal of skin cancer, especially if the disease could have been detected and possibly cured had they taken the proper precautions. In addition to performing these skin self-examinations together throughout the year, we hope that those who attend the event will continue to make yearly skin cancer check-ups to ensure that we can detect any early signs of cancer.”
Dr. Travers and her colleagues at SkinCare Physicians are dedicated to patient education about skin cancer detection and prevention. Respected locally in the Boston area as well as nationally for their expertise in dermatology, some of them are professors at top medical schools such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Boston University, and Tufts. By hosting events such as these, the physicians hope to increase awareness about skin cancer prevention as well as to instill valuable skills for self-examination.
Interested in sharing your love on Valentine’s Day? Call our office for an appointment for a Couples Screening (for you and your partner together) at (617) 731-1600.