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Medical Students Educate Teens About Skin Cancer: What Have We Learned?

By Jeanette M. Kamell, William Rietkerk, Ken Lam, Jason M. Phillips, Jashin J. Wu, Jerry L. McCullough, Kenneth G. Linden and Kathryn Osann


Skin cancer is a serious societal problem, and public awareness outreach, including to youth, is crucial. Medical students have joined forces to educate adolescents about skin cancer with significant impacts; even one 50-min interactive outreach session led to sustained changes in knowledge and behavior in a cohort of 1,200 adolescents surveyed. Medical students can act as a tremendous asset to health awareness public outreach efforts: enthusiastic volunteerism keeps education cost-effective, results in exponential spread of information, reinforces knowledge and communication skills of future physicians, and can result in tangible, life-saving benefits such as early detection of melanoma

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