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Dr. Deborah Barshay and Health Services held their third annual melanoma screening event, "Your Skin is In," which aims to raise awareness about the dangerous form of skin cancer.
Throughout the afternoon, campus community members dropped by the screening table erected in the campus center, where they were tested by Dr. Barshay for facial sun damage through a Dermascan machine, which highlights large masses of freckles. The table was chock-full of informative pamphlets and posters made by volunteer peer educators that highlighted the signs and risk factors for developing melanoma, such as using tanning beds.
"You can get melanoma at any age, living anywhere and with any skin type," said Dr. Barshay, a visiting lecturer in the English department who does volunteer work for the Melanoma Foundation of New England. "Awareness is key to fighting this disease and we want to make sure that as many people as possible, the younger the better, are aware of their moles, sun usage, dermatologist visits, among other things."
Dr. Barshay's mother passed away from melanoma in 2007. The following year, she herself had surgery to remove the skin cancer. "Because of those incidents, my dad and I decided that we wanted to do something to make people more aware of this deadly disease. If caught early enough, melanoma does not have to be fatal," said Dr. Barshay.
She has been heavily involved with the melanoma foundation, organizing screenings around the commonwealth and Rhode Island.
Ann Doyle, BSU's coordinator of outreach education for Health Services, helped organize the event.
Many students signed the melanoma foundation's No Tanning Pledge, vowing to avoid tanning before spring break. To take the No-Tanning Pledge and qualify to win gift cards, movie passes and more, go to www.mfne.org and click on the No-Tanning Pledge box at the bottom of the page. (Rob Matheson, '07, University Advancement)