Conversations in Science
for K-12 Educators

A program conceived and organized by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the collaboration of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Edgewood Sonderegger Science Center.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.

Current Thinking about Skin Cancer and Sun Screens

George T. Reizner, M.D.
Department of Dermatology, UW-Madison

About the conversation:

We’ve heard there is a skin cancer epidemic.  Is it true?  What are the facts?  What can we do about it?  How can we protect ourselves?  These and other questions about our skin health and the risks to our families and us will be the starting point for this evening’s talk.  Important topics include how to recognize the early stages of skin cancer and some of the controversies surrounding sunscreen.  It’s far from doom and gloom, but there are things you should know

About the speaker:

George T. Reizner, M.D. is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Dermatology.  He is the program director for the Dermatology Residency and co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.  His publications include articles on the incidence of skin cancer in non-Caucasians in comparison to Caucasians.  He is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Dermatology and has had the good fortune to be invited to lecture in many corners of the world.  One recurrent theme is this year’s 20th annual Hot Spots in Dermatology meeting on Kauai where Dr. Reizner moderates and helps organize this internationally attended event.  In addition, he has authored chapters in key dermatology texts and is actively involved in the department’s dermatopathology lab which studies clinical skin diseases, including skin cancers, microscopically.

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