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Medical students educate teens about skin cancer: what have we learned?

  • Author(s): Kamell, Jeanette M
  • Rietkerk, William
  • Lam, Ken
  • Phillips, Jason M
  • Wu, Jashin J
  • McCullough, Jerry L
  • Linden, Kenneth G
  • Osann, Kathryn
  • et al.

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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