Dr. Tina Alster, Vice President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) and Founding Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery announces a free skin cancer screening to be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and corporate sponsor, La Roche-Posay. This service is part of the WDS’s new grassroots initiative called Play Safe in the Sun which goes beyond the organization’s traditional targets of golf, tennis and outdoor enthusiasts to reach out to family members of all ages and skin types at large-scale urban festivals.Through this multiple award-winning outreach initiative, Play Safe in the Sun will offer free skin cancer screenings, along with sun damage assessments, free sunscreen and sun safety education at the Sakura Matsui Japanese Street Festival on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The volunteer team of dermatologists from the Washington, D.C. metro area will be led by event co-chairs, Dr. Tina Alster and Dr. Jennifer MacGregor and stationed in the WDS tent at Pennsylvania & 14th Streets. Free sunscreen will be provided courtesy of La Roche-Posay.
“The physicians at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery are leaders in cosmetic dermatology. While we have a vast array of treatments to correct the signs of aging, we are first and foremost, dermatologists who adamantly believe in skin cancer prevention with daily use of sunscreen and antioxidant to protect vulnerable skin from the damaging and aging effects of UVA and UVB rays,” said Dr. Alster.