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Public Skin Screenings at The Cancer Center at Clara Maass Lead to Doctor Recommended Follow-Ups

Skin Screenings
Belleville husband and wife, Malco and Margaret Urzua, stopped by Clara Maass together for the skin screening.

Belleville, NJ – The middle of the summer is the perfect time to remind people to protect their skin while spending time in the sun.
However, the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) and Dominick J. Ligresti, MD, Medical Costmetic and Surgical Dermatologist, recently took summer skin care one step further.

Dr. Ligresti met with 21 people at the second-ever skin screening held at CMMC and then took time to examine patients who wished to be seen. When the event was over, he advised 6 men and women to schedule follow-up appointments.

“It means a lot to be able to provide skin screenings to the public,” says Dr. Ligresti. “Such opportunities have the potential to save a life or to prevent a future condition, which, in the long run can save people and their families a lot of time, pain and money.”

Skin screening
Annette Messina (left), Laboratory Supervisor at CMMC, with Dr. Ligresti and Raylene Langish, RN, Oncology Nurse Educator at CMMC.

It is the second time Dr. Ligresti has volunteered his time to see patients at the Cancer Center. This screening, held in mid-July, was open to both CMMC employees and the public. Prior to the individual screenings, Raylene Langish, RN, Oncology Nurse Educator at CMMC, provided an educational discussion regarding the sun’s effects on the skin, and how to protect the skin.

Those who attended asked how best to protect both children and the elderly from the sun’s rays.

Complimentary skin screenings and educational seminars for the public are just some of the services offered at the Cancer Center at CMMC, said Jill Wargo, Director of the Cancer Center. Wargo said the Cancer Center provides needed services at a convenient location, which makes it easier for visitors who may not have thought to schedule skin screening appointments otherwise.

“We want local community members to be aware that we are not just a center for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer,” Jill said. “We aim to be a center that also focuses on cancer prevention and education.”

The Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center offers a variety of services on site including nutritional counseling, psychological counseling, support groups, smoking cessation, Reiki, acupuncture, and more. For physician referral or more information about the Cancer Center, please call 973.844.4150.

Clara Maass Medical Center has won numerous awards and accolades. In 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review named it one of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.” It is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, it also received its third consecutive Grade “A” score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, along with a HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Thomson Reuters named Clara Maass among the top 100 hospitals nationwide in 2012, one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to attain the distinction. In addition, Clara Maass won the Thomson Reuters Everest Award, one of 12 hospitals in the United States to do so. Clara Maass Medical Center was ranked as the second highest in New Jersey for hospital safety by Consumer Reports. It is ranked top in the state for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Attacks by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass’ centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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Date: August 1, 2013

Contact: Courtney Lynch
Public Relations Coordinator

Categories: Cancer,Press Releases