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Melanoma Awareness Project comes to DRA

Lauren Fimbres and Malia Boomer

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On Thursday, March 8, 2017, the Melanoma Awareness Project of the desert (MAP).  visited PE classes at DRA to inform students about skin cancer.  They taught students how to spot melanoma. M.A.P.’s goal is to inform people about skin cancer and what students can do to prevent it.

MAP was founded in 2008.  Their website states their purpose:  “Our goal is to spread the word about the risks of Melanoma, the cause, the prevention, the reality. We focus on educating local middle and high school students about early detection through self-screening, and the importance of practicing safe sun habits. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 15-29 years old. This makes educating middle and high school students about melanoma critical. Melanoma is 95% to 100% curable if it is detected early enough and treated.”

“I think this has been a helpful assembly to inform students to be aware of melanoma, especially because of the sunny area we live in,” said Coach Sommaripa.

For more information about the Melanoma Awareness Project of the Desert please visit their website at http://desertmap.org/

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