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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Physicians Speak About the Dangers of Sun Exposure and Melanoma

CLEARWATER, Fla., (April  10, 2012) – As part of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May, Morton Plant Mease physicians will present health seminars focusing on skin cancer and melanoma.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than one million cases diagnosed annually and melanoma is the most life-threatening form of skin cancer. About 12,000 people die each year from skin cancer, nearly 9,000 of those cases are from melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for men and sixth most common for women.

With Florida residents particularly more at risk due to year round exposure to UV rays, the community is invited to attend three health seminars to learn more about melanoma, what causes melanoma, the risk factors, how to prevent it and how to treat melanoma.  

Morton Plant Mease physicians will present the melanoma health seminars on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Noon

Morton Plant Hospital

Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion

Meeting Rooms A&B

455 Pinellas Street, Clearwater

Peter Blumencranz, MD, surgical oncologist

Amy Ross, MD, dermatologist 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Noon

Aging Well Center at Long Center, Grand Room

1601 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater

Cynthia Miller, MD, family medicine   

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Noon

Mease Countryside Hospital

Shaffer Tower, 4th Floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library

3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor

Robert Davidson, MD, surgical oncologist 

About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. 

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


Media Contact: Denise Moore, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager