Free Skin Cancer Screenings by Yale Dermatologists at Pilot Pen Kids Day

To help combat rising melanoma rates, a volunteer team of Yale School of Medicine dermatologists representing the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) will provide free skin cancer screenings for spectators at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament in New Haven on August 22.

The outreach is part of a three-year community service campaign, “Play Safe in the Sun.” The WDS initiative targets outdoor enthusiasts who face a heightened risk of developing skin cancer due to prolonged sun exposure. The New Haven outreach is co-chaired by Yale School of Medicine Department of Dermatology faculty members and WDS members Mona Gohara, M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology and Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., assistant clinical professor in dermatology. The pair has organized a volunteer team of fellow New Haven dermatologists to offer free skin cancer screenings, sun safety education and free sunscreen to spectators at this important final tennis match before the U.S. Open.

Gohara notes the importance of protecting the skin from the cumulative effects of sun exposure starting at an early age. “On a daily basis, this means applying an ounce (ping-pong-ball-sized amount) of broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors, re-applying every two hours and seeking shade whenever possible.” These principles of sun safety are not limited to sunny days, adds Mariwalla, who states that the sun’s harmful rays shine through even under cloudier skies.

“Stay covered and wear your sunscreen, hat and protective sunglasses!” she said. Tennis fans may visit the WDS tent at the Connecticut Tennis Center, Yale University, on “Kids Day,” Sunday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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