Molloy faculty presents on role of nurse in skin cancer prevention
By The Graden City News
The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation sponsored "Lunch and Learn about Melanoma" for the nursing staff at Winthrop University Hospital on Friday, July 19th. Victoria Siegel, EdD, MSN, RN, CNS is a faculty member of Molloy College Nursing Department and has published several articles about the role of the nurse in skin cancer prevention.
Dr. Siegel reminded the nurses of their responsibility to take the initiative to teach patients of all age groups and races about sun-protective behaviors, the dangers of tanning and recognition of signs and symptoms of skin cancer and melanoma (the most serious skin cancer). She stressed that skin cancer is not dependent on age, sex or race. If caught early, melanoma can be cured. Dr. Siegel also emphasized that nurses should be role models for appropriate sun-safe behaviors. Through their roles of assessment and education, nurses can have a significant impact in decreasing the epidemic numbers of skin cancer incidents. Maggie Biggane, Co-Director of the Foundation, was able to answer questions about tanning bed legislation and new guidelines for sunscreen. Participants received sunscreen, educational brochures created and produced by the foundation and copies of Dr. Siegel's journal articles. For more information about the activities of the foundation, visit www.molliesfund.org
Participants collect information about skin cancer.
Dr. Siegel presents information on skin cancer to Winthrop nurses.