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The skin screening was a huge success and the Ripken Baseball people really valued our service. Please stay tuned for future dates.

Here are the stats from the day:
  • 5o individuals screened (23 women, 27 men)
  • 8 people referred for a biopsy/follow up by JH dermatologists





Ripken Baseball camp teams up with Johns Hopkins Medicine's Department of Dermatology and The Kropfelder Foundation

Baltimore, Maryland June 10, 2013

The Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology in collaboration with The Kropfelder Foundation for Melanoma Education and Research has teamed up with Ripken Baseball to help eradicate skin cancer. Ripken Baseball inspires young athletes through healthy and meaningful training experiences. On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Johns Hopkins dermatologists will provide complimentary skin screenings at the Ripken Baseball Complex in Aberdeen, Maryland, during the Father's Day weekend baseball tournament that will host over 1,000 young people. Players, coaches, and family members will have the opportunity to get a free cancer screening and learn about ways to prevent skin cancer.

The goal of The Kropfelder Foundation is to provide awareness and education to prevent melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. The Foundation, based in the Baltimore area, was established in memory of David J. Kropfelder who lost a ten year battle with the disease. Since 2003, the Kropfelder Foundation has provided more than $60,000 of support to the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology for skin cancer education, research, and patient care.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,600 new cases of skin cancer in 2013 and result in more than 9,000 of the 12,000-plus skin cancer deaths each year. Melanoma is almost always curable when found in its early stages. Although melanoma accounts for only a small percentage of skin cancer, it is far more dangerous than other skin cancers and causes the most skin cancer deaths.

For additional information on The Kropfelder Foundation for Melanoma Education and Research, please visit www.kropfelder.org.

For more information on the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology, please visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org/dermatology.

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