LA Council On Cancer Offers Seminar On Melanoma

Los Alamos Council On Cancer News:


The American Cancer Society estimates that some 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018.

The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years and close to 10,000 people are expected to die of melanoma in this country this year.

While these statistics are alarming, melanoma, is less common than other types of skin cancer but it is more likely to spread. The good news is that melanoma can be found early when it is most likely to be cured.

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer is presenting a free community seminar on “New Breakthroughs in Melanoma and Its Treatment at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at the First Baptist Church. A complimentary light dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. for those who have signed up by April 14.

The featured speaker for the seminar is Dr. Karen LoRusso, Medical Oncologist, who is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. Dr. LoRosso has been with New Mexico Cancer Care Associates since 2005. A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine internship and residency training at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Her interests include clinical research for hematology and oncology.

Dr. LoRosso’s April 19 talk will address how to recognize the presentation and natural history of melanoma; the surgical and medical treatment of melanoma; and new research breakthroughs in melanoma treatment. Nurses and allied professionals will be awarded 1.5 CE contact hours for attending the seminar.

To register for dinner, please call 505.662.2656 or email

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer is an all-volunteer group that was founded in 1956. Members are a group of medical professionals, survivors, nurses and other interested people who strive to increase public awareness of cancer, promote early diagnosis and provide support for patients undergoing cancer treatment and their caregivers. The Council is always in search of volunteers for help in a variety of areas.

To contact the Council, call Dianne Hammon at 505.672-3058 or visit