BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Summer sun and days on the beach and poolside are beginning - and exposure to the sun is also a reminder that it's time to get screened for the most common form of cancer - skin cancer.

The Bernards Township Health Department has scheduled skin cancer screenings for Tuesday, July 19, and on Monday, July 25, for Bernards Township and residents of other communities that are members of the Bernards Township Health Department.

The screenings will be conducted by a board-certified dermatologist; a donation of $10 is suggested.

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This screening is offered to local residents age 18 years and older, who are not currently under the care of a dermatologist, and who have not attended a Bernards Township skin cancer screening in the past, according to the health department.

Both screenings will take place at the Fellowship Village Wellness Center off Allen Road in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township. Screenings will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, and from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 25.  

Early detection of skin cancer essential

According to the Health Officer, Lucy Forgione, “Research shows that each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma accounts for only a small percentage of skin cancers, but it’s much more likely to grow and spread to other parts of the body, where it can be hard to treat. Melanoma is almost always curable when it’s found in very early stages.”

The screening will include a full body exam, and prevention information in conjunction with the guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology, according to the health department. All participants will receive a copy of their screening results.

Pre-registration is required and can be made at the Bernards Township Health Department , 262 South Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge, or by phone at 908-204-2520.

The Bernards Township Health Department is a Contractual Health Agency serving Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Chester Borough, Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, and Peapack and Gladstone Borough.  For more information, call 908-204-2520, or visit www.bernardshealth.org.