Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening Sept 15

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Bennington -- Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center  (SVRCC) in partnership with Dr. Lixia Ellis, MD, PhD, a board-certified dermatologist of Dartmouth Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and with the American Academy of Dermatology will offer a free full-body skin screening from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The skin screening will take place at SVMC Dermatology, 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 205, in Bennington.

An appointment is required. Leave a message including your name and daytime telephone number at 802-440-4264 to schedule an appointment. Appointments fills quickly based on the order of calls.

While open to anyone, the screenings are offered especially for people with no insurance or with high deductibles. Those who have risk factors for skin cancer, have never had a screening, and want to learn more about preventing and recognizing skin cancer are especially encouraged to schedule.

“Cases of melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, are more prevalent in this area,” said Ellis. “While melanoma is one of the most serious forms of skin cancer, if detected and treated early the survival rate is 98 percent. If it metastasizes to the lymph nodes, however, the odds of survival decline significantly.”  

Those who are unable to schedule a screening during the free event are encouraged to request a skin cancer screening at their next primary care appointment. To find a primary care provider, visit

About SVRCC:

The Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, a distinction granted to only the top 25 percent of cancer centers nationwide. Care is enhanced through board-certified medical and radiation oncologists connected to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, one of only three National Cancer Institute-Designated comprehensive cancer centers in New England. This partnership offers patients access to some of the most advanced specialty services available anywhere, including genetic counseling and clinical trials.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:00am