Public Release:  Skin cancers typically found in older adults are being found in survivors of childhood cancer

U of MN to present findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2003 Annual Meeting

University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (May 30, 2003) -- Nonmelanoma skin cancers typically seen in older individuals are being detected in childhood cancer survivors at younger ages than the general population. Joanna Perkins, M.D., University of Minnesota Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, will present these findings on Sunday, June 1 at 10:15 a.m. at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2003 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

"Increased risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer has been observed among radiation-exposed populations; however, little research exists on nonmelamona skin cancer in childhood-cancer survivors," says Perkins. "The next stage of our research is to determine why this is occurring."

WHAT: The University of Minnesota will present research findings on skin cancer in survivors of childhood cancer at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2003 Annual Meeting

WHO: Joanna Perkins, M.D., University of Minnesota Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 10:15 a.m.

WHERE: McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

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