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Baton Rouge General Hosts Free Skin Cancer Screening

Baton Rouge, LA - More than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, fortunately when detected and treated early, most skin cancer has a high cure rate. Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus. The event will also feature educational booths and door prizes. The screening is free and open to interested participants age 45 and over. Valet parking is available.

Part of a unique effort to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, and the importance of early detection, the screening event is presented in collaboration with the Manship Theatre’s presentation of River North Dance Chicago performance on Wednesday, Feb. 12. One of the pieces that will be performed, entitled “Eva,” is inspired by and set to the music of Eva Cassidy – an American singer known for her luscious interpretations of jazz, blues, folk and gospel favorites. The piece honors Cassidy who was diagnosed with melanoma and lost her battle with cancer in 1996 at the age of 33. During the performance, medical oncologist Dr. Gerald Miletello will also speak on skin cancer, treatments and steps to help reduce skin cancer risk.

Skin screening registration is required. For more information about the screening and to register, visit BRGeneral.org or call (225) 763-4280. The first 25 people to register for Baton Rouge General’s skin cancer screening will receive two free tickets to the River North Dance Chicago performance at the Manship Theatre. To learn more about the performance and to buy tickets, visit ManshipTheatre.org.

Physicians participating in the skin cancer screening include:

Maggie Dobson, MD – Dermatologist
Stephanie Frederic, MD – Dermatologist
Scott Jackson, MD – Dermatologist
Trent Massengale, MD – Dermatologist
Nicole Mathis, MD – Dermatologist
Christopher McCanless, MD – Medical Oncologist
Christopher McEwen, MD – Dermatologist
Gerald Miletello, MD – Medical Oncologist
Donna Nunnally, MD - Dermatologist
William Russell, MD – Radiation Oncologist
Lynn Tucker, MD – Dermatologist
Ann Zedlitz, MD – Dermatologist

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About the Manship Theatre

Opened in 2005 as part of Baton Rouge's Shaw Center for the Arts, The Manship Theatre offers an extraordinary range of arts and cultural experiences to people of all ages, presented in a uniquely intimate setting. Engaging audiences through music, dance, theatre, and film, Manship Theatre endeavors to provide the highest standard of performance excellence, along with extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment. The not-for-profit facility is named in honor of Douglas Lewis Manship, Sr., the son of Charles Manship, Sr. Venues include the 325-seat Main Theater, the Hartley/Vey Studio and Workshop Theatres, and The Gallery at Manship Theatre.

The Manship Family patriarch, Charles Manship, Sr., purchased Baton Rouge's first daily newspaper, the State-Times, in 1909. Sixteen years later, he launched the Morning Advocate, sister publication to the State-Times. Mr. Manship established his newspapers on the most sacred of all journalistic principles - factual integrity and respect for fairness in presenting balanced news coverage. His business philosophy was a simple one. Invest in the best people and in the latest technology. Learn more at ManshipTheatre.org.

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