University of South Florida

Dr. Fenske honorary medical chair for Psoriasis Walk to benefit research, patient care

Neil Fenske, MD, professor and chair of Dermatology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, is honorary medical chair for the 3rd annual Tampa Bay Area Walk to Cure Psoriasis this Saturday, April 13.   USF Health is a local sponsor for the event, which will include  a Docs vs. Jocks softball game at Steinbrenner Field.

The 1K and 5K walks raise funds for the National Psoriasis Foundation, benefitting research and better access to treatment for people who suffer from the disease.

Michael Scannon, MD, of Florida West Coast Skin and Cancer Center is the Tampa Division Chair for the Walk to Cure Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. People affected by psoriasis are at an increased  risk for cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory diseases.

People with psoriasis often face discrimination and embarrassment because others mistakenly fear the condition is contagious. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis,  for which there is no cure.

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