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Shredding Against Melanoma

Shredding Against Melanoma Event Invites Public to Securely Shred Documents While Raising Funds for Melanoma Research and Education

Event to be Held Saturday, May 7 at Starters Pub Parking Lot, Route 378

Dr. Lee B. Riley Dr. Sanjiv Agarwala

Dr. Lee
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Bethlehem, PA (4/5/2011) - On Saturday, May 7, area residents will have an opportunity to shred their unwanted documents safely and securely, while supporting melanoma education and research, during Shredding Against Melanoma, an event co-sponsored by St. Luke’s Cancer Center and the Susan Fazio Foundation for Melanoma Research. Starters Pub is hosting the event in their Route 378 parking lot, offering complimentary coffee and donuts, while ProShred Security will be donating their shredding services for the cause. Community Warrior volunteers will be available to help move boxes and bags to the shredder. A donation of $10 per box and $5 per paper bag will be requested.

“The money we raise will be invested in educating and building awareness about skin cancer, especially melanoma, as well as critical research efforts to cure melanoma,” explained Dr. Lee B. Riley, Medical Director, Oncology Services, St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network. “We are delighted to partner with the Susan Fazio Foundation, which has invested over $275,000 in melanoma research over the past four years.”

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and is the fastest growing cancer in the US and worldwide.

“Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer related deaths and advanced disease is often unresponsive to therapy,” said Sanjiv Agarwala, MD, Chief of Oncology and Hematology for St. Luke’s Cancer Center and an internationally recognized melanoma investigator. “Grassroots efforts like this one help us continue the work of raising melanoma awareness and working towards effective treatments. This is a very exciting year for melanoma treatment as we have two and possibly three new drugs that will now be available to help people with this disease. St. Luke’s is proud to have been a part of the research that has led to these drugs being approved.”

Every hour a person dies from melanoma, which can develop anywhere on the body, including eyes, scalp, hands and feet. Melanoma is most common in men over the age of 50 and is the second most common cancer in ages 15-29. “Everyone needs to be aware of melanoma,” commented Dr. Riley, “because it is usually curable if caught early. Early stage melanoma has an overall 90% survival rate.”

Chris Fazio, chair of the Susan Fazio Foundation, stated, “Our partnership with Dr. Riley, Dr. Agarwala and St. Luke’s Hospital highlights the need to do much, much more to bring the facts about melanoma to more and more people. It’s a partnership that we are proud of.”

Additional information on the “Shredding Against Melanoma” event can be secured by calling St. Luke’s Infolink at 1-866-STLUKES or emailing the Fazio Foundation at faziofoundation@earthlink.net.