The Check Your Skin campaign is designed to increase early detection of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Through early detection of melanoma the survival rate should increase. The focus of the public service campaign is to teach the public to perform monthly self-skin examinations and recognize the changes associated with malignant melanoma.

First implemented at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine by several talented physicians, staff members, and one enthusiastic medical student.


Increase skin cancer awareness and educate individuals on how to correctly perform self skin exams using three health education methods: community outreach, SSE reminder cards, and a media campaign (e.g. website, local news, etc). 


As future physicians, medical students must be able to effectively communicate to educate their patients and community.  

This program teaches medical students:
  1. Melanoma Clinical Science
  2. Presentation skills
  3. Approaches to Community Action
  4. to develop creative approaches to individual community needs
  5. Teamwork to multiply impact of CYS programming
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