In a state more known for rain than sunshine, one would think skin cancer wouldn’t be much of a concern in Oregon. The fact is, Oregon ranks fifth in the nation for melanoma, the most serious of all skin cancers.
Researchers at OHSU are on the case, declaring war on melanoma and engaging patients, survivors and the community to figure out how best to prevent, treat and detect the disease. Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Research Program and chair of the OHSU Department of Dermatology, is leading the effort. She launched the Melanoma Community Registry in May 2014, and has seen more than 3,300 participants sign up to learn about skin cancer education events, community activities, and research opportunities.
Leachman and her colleagues are reaching out in another way on May 30 when they bring the Skin Cancer Research Expo and Sun Safety Event to OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing on the South Waterfront. This will offer researchers a new way to connect with melanoma survivors and would-be research participants. The expo will differ from many other health events in that it will give Melanoma Community Registry members an opportunity to take part in ongoing research. Plus, there will be skin checks and education about skin protection.
Skin Cancer Research Expo and Sun Safety Event
Saturday, May 30, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Ave. in Portland
For more information about the registry and what is taking place at the expo, visit Knight News or the event webpage. Want to get involved? Start by signing up for the Melanoma Community Registry here or come to the event and learn more about how you can make a difference.