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Colorado: Innovative Community Outreach Program Provides Free Skin Cancer Screenings Across Colorado

Alongside the Colorado Melanoma Foundation, Colorado School of Public Health professor Dr. Neil Box has worked to bring a giant yellow bus to audiences around Colorado.

The Sun Bus provides free skin cancer screenings, educational materials, sun safety products like hats and sunscreen, and UV photography to visitors of Colorado’s summer festivals. Since debuting in May, it has provided 550 screenings, issued 70 referrals and hosted 12,000 unique engagements with members of the public. It is staffed by volunteer physicians, students, and community educators.

While treatment options for skin cancer have improved in the past eight years, screening and prevention efforts have been relatively stagnant. “We need to get creative in how we bring these types of services to people. It’s about creating reasonable healthcare access,” Dr. Box says.

In addition to public outreach, the Sun Bus is also recruiting participants for a study looking at genetic risk factors for skin cancer. Participants identified at these public events will serve as age-, sex-, and genotype-matched controls for cutaneous oncology patients.

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