Working together to reduce melanoma-related deaths
OHSU Dermatology, in partnership with Knight Cancer Institute, has launched a War on Melanoma™. The vision of the War on Melanoma™ is to eradicate melanoma in Oregon by:
- Increasing melanoma awareness and early detection knowledge in the general public
- Improving access and quality of skin cancer screening and treatment across all medical and skincare specialties
- Pushing melanoma research and patient care to new heights through basic science, clinical trials, and technology
We hope you, as a medical professional, will join us in the fight to end suffering and death due to melanoma.
For specific ways to get involved, we have a toolkit of options:
Online CME training
Continuing education events
Join the war (get involved as a provider)
Virtual melanoma tumor board
Tools and materials for your patients
The War on Melanoma™ is an IRB-approved research project directed by P.I. Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Dermatology; Director, Melanoma Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
The 'War' is an all-fronts effort to reduce melanoma-related deaths in Oregon. Current efforts include:
- A melanoma early detection educational curriculum, designed to inform the general population of melanoma risk, the importance of self screening, what to look for, and what to do if they find something concerning.
- A large-scale media campaign, focusing on the early detection of melanoma.
- A primary care/medical professional early detection curriculum, designed to train and/or review skin lesions and skin cancer screening guidelines.
- Recruitment to an IRB-approved melanoma research cohort — the Melanoma Community Registry —that is nearing 8,000 members.
- Creation of MoleMapper™ iPhone Mole Tracking App. App allows users to track moles from a smartphone and analyze them over time to detect potentially harmful changes in their skin. Users can store photos to share with their provider, and opt in to participate in research to create artificial intelligence method to detect melanoma early.
- Medical community education and outreach efforts, including creation of virtual platforms to connect community and rural providers to melanoma tumor board and melanoma education updates CME opportunities.
- Community education and outreach efforts, including patient symposiums and community events resulting in thousands of physical attendees and 100,000+ social media reach. Partnership formed with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) state-licensed skincare professionals (massage therapy, cosmetology, etc...) to reach high-impact audience who sees skin at magnitude.
May (skin cancer awareness month) 2019
- Oregon ranks in the top 10 nationally for rate of new melanomas and rate of melanoma deaths (2011-2015, CDC;USCS).
- How soon a melanoma is detected directly correlates to survival rates (SEER 2008-2014).
- The more awareness and education we can deliver to Oregonians on the risks and early detection of melanoma, as well as enhancing physician care in regards to melanoma, the more impact we can have in reducing melanoma-related deaths in Oregon.
If our efforts are as successful as we hope, it is plausible to predict an influx of patients looking to follow up on moles/lesions that concern them. We want to ensure:
- Providers statewide are aware of this potential influx, especially general or family practitioners as the 'frontline' of medicine.
- Providers who feel the need to improve their knowledge on skin cancers/skin exams have access to do remotely via educational updates or online curriculum.
- Providers are aware of tools available for patients, including lay education curriculum, Molemapper™mole tracking iPhone app, joining the Melanoma Community Registry.