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Principal Investigator(s): Dr. June Robinson

Institution(s): Northwestern University

Disease: Melanoma

Research Description: Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, with diagnosis rates rising dramatically over the past 30 years. Melanoma survival is improved with early detection and surgical treatment. An estimated 16% of all melanomas are discovered by physicians, and approximately half of all US doctor visits are with a primary care physician. These primary care visits are a prime opportunity to detect melanomas. However, many physicians do not conduct melanoma screenings due to lack of training and low confidence in their examination skills, resulting in missed opportunities for early detection. In order to combat these barriers, Dr. Robinson and her team created a new melanoma screening training simulation. This simulation repurposed existing teaching models and combined them with smartphone technology. After completing the simulation, participants were better able to identify and classify melanoma lesions and were more confident in their abilities. Results from this study were used to obtain a larger grant for a widely available, web-based screening program, currently in development.

CWR funding role: Participating funder

Publication(s): JAMA Dermatology

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