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Published on May 05, 2016

“Mole Mystery” Takes a Closer Look at Skin Cancer Screenings

WATERBURY, Conn. (May 5, 2016) ─ Are you seeing spots? The average person has between 10 and 40 moles, though the number can vary drastically. You can develop moles almost anywhere on your body, including on your scalp and underneath your fingernails. Though most are harmless, some moles can develop into melanoma, or skin cancer.

In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Saint Mary’s Spirit of Women network is aiming to take the mystery out of skin cancer screenings by sponsoring, “Mole Mystery,” a special edition of the hospital’s “Medically Speaking” radio series on WATR 1320 AM. Join program host Robin Sills, RN, Physician Liaison, for an interview with Dr. J. Alexander Palesty, Director of the Program in Surgery, Director of Surgical Oncology and Director of Simulation at Saint Mary’s Hospital, as they talk about the signs and symptoms of melanoma and how to protect your skin. The program airs on Friday, May 13 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Dr. Palesty will share tips for how to take the best care of your skin and prevent skin cancer. As always, listeners are welcome to call the studio line at 203-757-1320 with questions during the show.

Live streaming is available at If you miss this or other episodes of “Medically Speaking,” you’ll find them on Saint Mary’s podcast. Go to and search “Medically Speaking to download it for free.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Health System is a leading regional healthcare provider anchored by Saint Mary’s Hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury for more than 100 years. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The health system’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT or Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

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