May 30th War on Skin event - A smashing success!
On May 30, 2015, over 800 people attended our War on Skin Cancer event. It featured a skin cancer research expo, skin checks provided by OHSU and community dermatologists, a community walk to raise awareness and funds for research, sun safety education and even live music! Before the event even officially started, the atmosphere was abuzz with attendees eager to participate in and learn about skin cancer research.
Thanks to your combined efforts, in only five hours our researchers collected hundreds of surveys and blood samples that would normally take many months to obtain; our dermatologists provided 250 skin checks for community members that some may not have otherwise received; and over 125 new people joined the Melanoma Community Registry. Your enthusiasm to help learn about and participate in ongoing skin cancer research is truly inspiring. If you weren't able to attend the event, here's a quick recap.
There were a number of skin cancer research projects represented ranging from antibody markers, to chemo-prevention studies to new imaging modalities. Attendees could see first-hand and offer feedback on the Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging device and a Mole Mapper phone application, both still in the development stage. Click here for a short description of all the research.
OHSU and community dermatologists were kept just as busy as the scientific researchers. They conducted skin checks for 50 people each hour! They found that some people required additional follow up, hopefully to rule out a serious issue but if not, to potentially detect it early. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our dermatologists and volunteers who generously donated time to be a part of this momentous event.
We were so grateful that so many of you could attend our War on Skin Cancer event. It's absolutely amazing what can be accomplished when so many passionate, hardworking, and motivated people come together to make a difference.