Advanced Skin Cancer Screening

Research Collaboration Details

Skin Cancer Free is collaborating with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to advance skin cancer research.

This research collaboration’s goal is to provide over 100,000 participants with Advanced Skin Cancer Screening Examinations in a groundbreaking effort focusing on early detection of skin cancer to improve survival rates.

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Overview

This is a focused research collaboration for Advanced Skin Cancer Screening (ASCS).  The collaboration is being done with the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute and under the Medical Direction of Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Dermatology, OHSU, and Director, Melanoma Research Program, Knight Cancer Institute.

The collaboration uses a variety of early detection and examination techniques that we believe will provide enhanced detection of skin cancer.  The examinations are funded by donations to Skin Cancer Free, donations from Employers to Skin Cancer Free, payments from Employers for employee screenings, and direct payments from individuals for screenings.

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Research Collaboration Objectives

The primary goal of the research collaboration is to develop methodologies to improve skin cancer survival rates.

Specific objectives are:

  1. To prove that qualified technicians equipped with ultra-high resolution imaging and supporting technology can work with remote Dermatologists to identify developing skin cancers earlier.
  2. To expand skin cancer screening to people who may not be currently seeing a dermatologist, or who, for economic or other reasons, are not getting regular skin examinations.
  3. To optimize Dermatologist time and allow faster identification of patients who require follow-up care.
  4. To allow local physicians a way to provide enhanced skin cancer screening as part of their practice.
  5. To provide data that will clearly demonstrate the value of early skin cancer detection.
  6. To provide data that will lead to health insurance coverage for the cost of these exams.
  7. To advance research in melanoma screening.

Research Details

  • A goal of 100,000 participants from all over the U.S.
  • Complete participant questionnaire obtained with clinical history.
  • Totally non-invasive exams performed at “point of convenience”.
  • New paramedical specialist – Dermographer – trained to examine and image locally using Total Body Photography (TBP), Digital Dermoscopy and Sequential Digital Dermoscopic Imaging (SDDI).
  • Images uploaded using advanced cloud-based technology with Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
  • Expert Dermatologists read and classify all images using Digital Mole Coding – a new methodology.
  • Simple, actionable reports are produced with associated images for each participant.
  • Images stored for 5-years for long-term comparison and analysis.
  • Complete patient-centric shared service with access to images via a browser for the patient and their physicians.
  • Multidimensional database produced for analysis can also include follow-up biopsy results if requested.
  • 100% HIPAA compliance for all electronic components and access.
  • Completely funded by donations, tax-deductible corporate contributions, corporate payments for employee screenings, and payments by individuals.

Participant Examination

An Advanced Skin Cancer Screening consists of local skin examinations given to Research Participants by certified professionals trained to identify suspicious areas on the skin.

These local exams, which take as little as 15 minutes, are given at a convenient “point of care” location using highly specialized equipment and technology. The ASCS exam is given by a Dermographer, a professional trained to examine a patient’s skin and identify and digitally photograph areas that may need further examination. OHSU will provide training and assist in the on-going education and development of this new paramedical specialty.

Skin areas identified in the screening that may need medical examination are identified and digitally photographed. These extremely high quality and specialized images are then uploaded for examination and viewed by a specifically trained Dermatologist. This dermatologist produces a report clearly identifying areas that need immediate medical attention, or that may require follow-up examination later to monitor changes.

The images, detailed report, and follow-up recommendations are all delivered to the Research Participant via a highly secure patient portal, which is also available to the patient’s doctors.

If the Research Participant needs immediate attention and does not have a doctor or dermatologist, a local referral is provided to a medical professional who can quickly respond with appropriate medical treatment. If the Research Participant needs a follow-up examination, a date and time is suggested, and the Research Participant can schedule a convenient re-examination.

Research Data

Results from all patient exams, including all Research Participant supplied data, will be made available to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute for further study. All results will be redacted to exclude Research Participant identifying data.