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OHSU medical students awarded grants for high school skin cancer curriculum project

A group of dermatology-interested medical students posing for a picture

A group of OHSU dermatology-interested medical students have been selected as recipients of two grants -- the Robert L. Bacon Endowment Fund for Medical Education Enrichment at OHSU and the Melanoma Research Foundation's (MRF) Medical Student Research Grant -- for their efforts in creating and implementing a skin cancer curriculum for high schools. The funds, totaling nearly $5,000 will assist the group in the creation and distribution of materials, as well as time and travel costs for implementing this skin cancer curriculum in schools.

The group of medical students that were awarded as part of the project are Victoria Orfaly, Gina Calco, Claire Turina, Nicole Santucci, Mary Ryan, AshleyReese, Adam Roscher, Eleanor Thaler, Nina Kostur, Erin Urbanowicz, Sam Defreese, Abigale Shettig, and Erika Sawka. Victoria Orfaly was the awardee of the MRF grant.

OHSU doctors launch 'War on Melanoma' campaign (KATU2)

"Early detection is the key for melanoma,” Bar said. “When you catch a melanoma in an early stage, there's 98, 99, 100 percent survival.

That’s why doctors at OHSU have launched their “War on Melanoma” campaign — after all, it’s cancer you can actually see.

"It's one of the most preventable cancers," Helmandollar-Armatas said. “It’s like, ‘oh man, if only I would have known.’”

But now Helmandollar-Armatas does know, and talks to people about her battle, adding skin cancer prevention advocate to her already impressive list of accomplishments.

Read the full article/video article.

Can a Broad Early Detection Experiment Succeed in Improving Melanoma Outcomes? (Medpagetoday; ASCO)

Melanoma incidence is increasing more rapidly than any other preventable cancer in the U.S. Survival rates for localized melanoma are >95% but are considerably lower when there is regional or distant spread of disease. Hence, there is interest in revisiting screening strategies for early detection of melanoma. This article describes a study in Oregon, known as the “War on Melanoma,” that is testing the hypothesis that an early detection campaign will reduce melanoma mortality by almost half. The study is based on an earlier pilot project in northern Germany (“SCREEN”), where screening produced a 50% reduction in melanoma mortality at 5 years after the program.  Read full article here.