‘Road to Healthy Skin’ tour wraps up sixth year of free skin cancer screenings
NEW YORK — The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, has wrapped up its sixth cross-country journey, bringing free skin cancer screenings and prevention information to communities across America.
During this year’s tour, volunteer dermatologists detected 788 suspected pre-cancers and cancers, including 29 suspected melanomas.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and since 2008, the Foundation’s volunteer dermatologists have potentially saved 300 lives — as this is the number of suspected melanomas that have been detected since the tour began six years ago. By detecting suspected skin cancers, often in early stages, the tour and its volunteer dermatologists serve an important role in communities. The five-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 98%. The survival rate declines significantly if the disease has the chance to spread.
Over a four-month period, the 2013 tour made 53 stops throughout 13 states, spanning approximately 14,000 miles. Seventy dermatologists lent their time to perform screenings in the tour’s customized 38-foot RV, equipped with two private exam rooms.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone older than 18 years see a dermatologist annually for a full-body skin-exam. The Foundation also recommends that everyone examine their skin from head-to-toe at least once a month, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. A yearly skin exam performed by a physician is important, but it’s just as important to see the doctor whenever a mole changes or grows, the Foundaton stated.
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 2013 Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, received additional support from BASF Corp., Energizer Personal Care — the maker of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic brand sunscreens — Leo Pharma and LLumar Window Films.
La Roche-Posay selects first winner of its ‘Dermatologist from the Heart’ program
NEW YORK — La Roche-Posay has announced the first winner of its “Dermatologist from the Heart” program in the United States, launched in partnership with La Fondation La Roche-Posay.
Andrew C. Krakowski, a pediatric dermatologist from La Jolla, Calif., has been selected as the recipient of a $10,000 grant in support of his project “MissionSkin.org,” which seeks to create an Internet-based platform for physicians to share knowledge about scar treatment.
Krakowski was chosen out of a pool of applicants who submitted proposals outlining projects aimed at enhancing patients’ quality of life. A five-member panel reviewed each submission and selected Krakowski and his project “MissionSkin.org” as the winner. He was recognized for his achievement at an awards ceremony held in Chicago at the American Society for Dermatological Surgery annual meeting on Oct. 3.
“It is truly an honor to have been chosen as the winner of the ‘Dermatologist from the Heart’ program,” Krakowski said. “As a pediatric dermatologist, I’ve met hundreds of children who have been physically scarred, and I want nothing more than to give them and countless other scar patients of all ages easy access to treatment options that will relieve them of the physical reminders of their traumas, and ultimately, make them feel better about themselves.”
The inspiration for this project came about when Krakowski observed the lack of open discussion regarding scar treatment. This area of medicine has historically been overlooked and under-appreciated, given that scars are often viewed as an expected consequence of injuries.
The goal of “MissionSkin.org” is to be “the first and only web portal dedicated to directly improving our knowledge of scar treatment and revision” according to Krakowski’s proposal. The benefit of the website is two-fold: Scar patients will be connected with local experts in their region, and additionally, dermatologists, burn surgeons, reconstructive surgeons and primary care physicians will have a forum to consult with and educate one another regarding scar treatment options.
This year marks the inaugural year of the “Dermatologist from the Heart” program in the United States, and La Fondation La Roche-Posay has plans to debut the initiative across numerous other countries in the coming years. Through this program, the La Fondation La Roche-Posay seeks to further its goal of making the skills, knowledge and expertise of dermatologists available to the broader public.
Estée Lauder Cos. helps launch Somaly Mam Beauty Salon in Cambodia to fight human trafficking
NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. has announced the opening of the Somaly Mam Beauty Salon, a social enterprise developed in partnership with the anti-trafficking organization The Somaly Mam Foundation.
The full service beauty salon, located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, will cater to tourists and locals while providing survivors of sexual slavery and human trafficking with the education and vocational training needed to achieve socioeconomic independence, the beauty company stated. Leveraging top beauty experts and products from The Estée Lauder Cos.’ prestige brands — such as Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble and Clinique — the Somaly Mam Beauty Salon will offer education in such beauty services as hair care, makeup application and nail treatments.
SMF will collaborate with their on-the-ground partner AFESIP Cambodia (French for “Acting for Women in Distressing Situations”) to implement the suite of education and training courses for salon employees.
Since 1996, AFESIP Cambodia has combated sexual slavery in Southeast Asia by rescuing victims of human trafficking and providing recovery and skills training to help foster the economic empowerment of its survivors. AFESIP’s Center for Recovery and Skills Training in Siem Reap offers a beauty-training program and small business management program to equip survivors with the education and tools that can boost their position in the community, remove stigmas and encourage gender equality.
In addition to offering training in various beauty services, the Somaly Mam Beauty Salon will provide coaching in life skills and small business management to help prepare trainees to run their own salons in the future. This basic education and vocational training will enable survivors to generate income to help support themselves and their families, and avoid the vulnerabilities that allow for exploitation and abuse in the sex trade.
Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble and Clinique are providing all of the products. The Estée Lauder Cos. will fund the setup and first three years of the salon’s operations. The salon’s goal is to be financially self-sustaining by 2016. The salon project is aimed at establishing a successful model that will be replicated in other geographical areas with high incidences of sexual slavery and programs to aid the victims of exploitation and abuse.