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For release: April 18, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Spring into Wellness with spring screenings
Akron General offers free cancer screenings

Cancer detected in the earliest stages has the best chance for successful treatment – and the best way to detect it early is through screening. Akron General is pleased to offer free screenings for breast, cervical and skin cancer, as well as prevention education.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and accounts for almost half of all cancers in the United States. On Saturday, May 11, area dermatologists, in conjunction with the Cleveland Dermatological Society, will volunteer their time to provide free skin cancer screenings for adults and children from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Akron General Ambulatory Care Center, 400 Wabash Avenue, first floor, Akron. Information on skin cancer and sunscreen samples will also be available. Free parking will be provided. Please call 330-344-AGMC (2462) to make an appointment for this life-saving screening.

Cervical cancer was once a common cause of cancer death in women, but the Pap test has led to a significant decline in the number of deaths as it detects early signs of this cancer. A free Pap test and pelvic exam will be provided for uninsured and underinsured women age 21 and older (or younger if sexually active), as well as a clinical breast exam, on Saturday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Akron General Women’s Health Clinic, 676 South Broadway Street, second floor, Akron. Those with an abnormal finding on their breast exam will be offered a same-day mammogram. All women attending will be able to schedule any needed follow-up tests. Please call 330-344-AGMC (2462) to make an appointment for this life-saving screening.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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