A collaborative effort of the Arizona Cancer Center Skin Cancer Institute, the College of Nursing and the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) resulted in the 12-minute video, "Skin Cancer: Learn to Spot it Early". This video was funded by the Laurence B. Emmons Award from the College of Nursing and by funding from the Skin Cancer Institute. The video underwent testing as part of research study titled "Internet Health Information Delivery for Melanoma High-Risk Patients" led by Principal Investigator Lois Loescher, an associate professor in the UA College of Nursing and director of education and behavior research at the Skin Cancer Institute.
Study participants who viewed the video had significant increases in self reported melanoma awareness and skin self-examination. In March 2009 the video received a Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in the health community organization category. The award recognizes efforts to promote increased awareness and understanding of dermatologic issues. "[Early detection is] extremely important if you are at high risk. If you find melanoma early, then you increase your chances for survival as much as 95 percent," Loescher said. "It's a matter of general health to know your skin and be aware of any changes on your skin."
The video features a detailed demonstration of how to perform a skin self-exam, images of what to look for and testimonials from skin cancer survivors. The video will now be used for patient and community education. For more information, please contact Dr. Lois Loescher at (520) 626-7254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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