Nursing Students Assist with Skin Cancer Screening

Seven Molloy nursing students assisted two board-certified dermatologists at the skin cancer screening that was held in the Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing on April 20. The screening was a collaboration between the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and Molloy professor Dr. Victoria Siegel. Eighty Molloy students, faculty and staff were examined for skin cancer.

According to Dr. Siegel, it is important for nurses to be involved in skin cancer screenings and education, particularly in light of their role in disease prevention. Currently, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. "One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. People of color have a higher mortality rate from melanoma than whites, and more people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking. We hope to have another skin cancer screening next year and reach even more members of the community," said Dr. Siegel.

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