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Over 3,000 Skin Cancer Patients Treated with the TOPEX System.............
Date:5/11/2009

DANBURY, Conn., May 11 /PR Newswire/ -- May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month. TOPEX, Inc. located in Danbury, CT is helping to fight this disease with a low energy or superficial x-ray therapy system designed specifically to treat skin cancer as an alternative to surgery. Since first introduced in May 2007, over 3,000 patients were treated with the TOPEX system. As a standard of care, the TOPEX system provides an alternative to surgery for treating basal and squamous cell carcinomas, especially for those skin conditions requiring difficult or extensive surgery in sensitive head and neck regions such as the fold in the nose, eyelids, lips, corners of the mouth and the lining of the ear that would otherwise lead to a poor cosmetic outcome. The TOPEX treatment procedure does not require the use of anesthetics and eliminates the need for skin grafting when surgery could result in a less than desirable cosmetic outcome. This procedure is painless and benefits those patients who may have a fear of surgery and needles, patients who have contraindications for reconstructive surgery that are taking blood thinning medications and for those that cannot tolerate general anesthesia.

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TOPEX has a number of systems that treat skin cancer patients at Radiation Oncology Departments, Medical Universities and Dermatology Practices in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Australia.

Over 2.5M new skin cancer cases are diagnosed annually worldwide. This is increasing at a rate of 4% per year. Increased exposure to the sun without skin protection and a decreasing natural ozone layer are cited as the chief causes of this increase - a problem estimated at over $3B in annual medical treatment expenses. Over 80% of skin cancers occur in the head and neck regions with 50% occurring in those over 60 years of age. The over 60 population is rising and is expected to double in size by 2025.

The clinical objective of TOPEX is to effectively treat skin cancer through non-invasive therapeutic x-ray procedures with improved cosmetic outcomes. With this objective, the TOPEX system provides advantages to patients, physicians, healthcare providers and insurance payers that include the following:

Patient - The procedure is accurate, safe, pain free and an alternative to surgery.

Physician - Superficial x-ray therapy is a proven procedure for treating skin cancer and has a lower potential for cosmetic issues combined with a high cure rate history of effectiveness.

Practice - The TOPEX system is self-contained and has no special environmental requirements such as special power sources, water hook-ups or waste disposal. The compact mobile design requires minimal floor space and with mobility, provides for greater patient treatment flexibility. The multi-position design of the x-ray delivery system is ideal for treating wheel chair patients.

Payer - Superficial x-ray therapy provides an alternative to surgery and a high cure rate history of effectiveness. The insurance industry, including Medicare part B widely accepts this procedure for reimbursement.

TOPEX superficial x-ray therapy systems are manufactured in Danbury, CT. USA.

For additional information, visit the company website at www.topexmedical.com


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