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Melanoma Awareness Research Article of the Month

Recently, multiple prospective studies have been able to link a dose-dependent increased risk in melanoma with tanning bed use. In this month's article, researchers were able to identify that searches for "tanning beds" on Google have been trending down and searches for "sunscreen" have become more frequent in the past 12 years. This is great news and hopefully indicates the increasing awareness of melanoma as a disease that is potentially preventable. Please enjoy the article and join DIGA in signing the attached pledge to never use tanning beds and contribute to this increase in melanoma and photoprotection awareness. The article requires appropriate credentials for full access.

Article:
Kirchberger, M. C., Heppt, M. V., Eigentler, T. K., Kirchberger, M. A., Schuler, G., & Heinzerling, L. (2017). The tanning habits and interest in sunscreen of Google users: what happened in 12 years? Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 33(2), 68-74. 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.hsc.usf.edu/doi/10.1111/phpp.12289/full

Sign the Pledge:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RYLQK8S

MELANOMA INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS

Being a strong educator to patients is a great trait to develop as future physicians. Educating patients improves healthcare outcomes by empowering patients to be strong advocates for their own care. It is for this reason that we have begun to compile printable documents with information for patients with the intention of educating them with regards to some of the basics about melanoma. So, if you are holding a health fair, screening event, or happen to encounter a patient who has questions about melanoma please feel free to utilize the information within the Google Drive below. Continue to check back often as additional patient-friendly documents will be coming soon!
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6i7LJCgF5FWS1lVNkg0MzNMTVU?usp=sharing

UPCOMING 2016 MELANOMA AWARNESS EVENTS

See https://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/calendar-of-events and http://www.skincancer.org/events/event-calendar for a full list of events. Have a melanoma related event that you wish to share with DIGA? Please email pertinent information to DIGAmelanoma@gmail.com and we will be happy to share!
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