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Skin cancer and melanoma focus of ‘Survivorship Series’ 

Dr. Karen Allen, dermatology, skin cancer, melanoma, Cancer Support Community

Karen D. Allen, M.D. will share information about the newest and most innovative treatments for skin cancer and melanoma, and the importance of sun protection on Wednesday, May 25 at the Cancer Support Community, located at 1051 Las Tablas Road in Templeton. Courtesy photo

Dr. Karen Allen to speak on treatment, prevention, and survivorship on May 25 in Templeton

Join Karen D. Allen, M.D. as she shares information about the newest and most innovative treatments for skin cancer and melanoma on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cancer Support Community office, located at 1051 Las Tablas Road in Templeton. Topics of discussion will include differentiating between the various types of skin cancer, what to look for and when to be concerned, and treatment options.

“Unprotected sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer,” said Dr. Allen during an interview at her office in San Luis Obispo. A Board Certified Dermatologist, she has practiced in SLO County for 14 years and specializes in skin cancer prevention, detection, and surgery, including Mohs Micrographic surgery and superficial radiotherapy. “The study in Nature underscores the need for people to pair their sunscreen application with other, equally important life-saving behaviors such as wearing long sleeves and hats, and seeking shade.”

During her presentation, Dr.Allen will also address prevention and survivorship issues related to skin cancers. An informal question and answer session will give those in attendance the opportunity to learn more about specific concerns. The community is invited to attend, present questions, enjoy refreshments, and engage with others in the learning process.
“Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells,” adds Dr. Allen. “It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays and affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.”

The only dermatologist in SLO County offering superficial radiotherapy, a safe and effective non-surgical option for non melanoma skin cancers such as basal and squamous cell carcinomas, Dr. Allen completed her residency at UC Irvine. Along with her husband, Dr. Thomas Spillane, she is an avid supporter of the community and contributes to a host of local causes. Their non-profit Surfing For Hope organization (www.surfingforhope.org) provides surf lessons and other fun opportunities for children whose lives have been affected by cancer. For more information, see her website at www.karenallenmd.com and find valuable information about dermatology, skin problems, and treatments including skin cancer.

The evening is part of Cancer Support Community’s Survivorship 2016 Series. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to CSC at 238-4411. For more information on CSC, see www.cscslo.org or www.facebook.com/CancerSupportCommunityCentralCoastCalifornia.

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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.

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