Vermont is Losing The Battle Against Melanoma

skin cancer

Our state has the second highest incidence of melanoma in the United States. This is a silver medal we don’t want to win again.

Come join Larry Sudbay and Dr. Melanie Bui at Phoenix Books this Thursday, August 1, to see what the UVM Medical Center is doing about it. Click here to learn more about the event.

Dear 16-year-old Me

This powerful 5-minute video is something Dr. Bui wishes all of her patients would watch. These melanoma survivors have reached millions with their plea to know your skin and to protect it.

Melanoma is one of the most preventable cancers there is and small habits can make a big difference. Start choosing shade, wearing hats, sunglasses, longer sleeves, longer pants and, of course, sunscreen. Go outdoors often, enjoy the Vermont summer, but do it without the risky sun damage. Your friendly local dermatologist (and your skin) will thank you.

Melanoma Research

Melanoma survivor and author of The Best is Yet To Be, Larry Sudbay, will generously donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of his book to benefit melanoma research at the UVM Medical Center.

Melanoma Research at the UVM Medical Center

  • This year, the UVM Cancer Center purchased a cutting edge single cell RNA sequencer. We are looking at skin before and after treatment to judge effectiveness at single cell resolution.
  • Large databases are being leveraged to tease out potential points of quality improvement. For instance, we are finding factors associated with delayed melanoma treatment so that we can identify patients who need travel assistance to get treated sooner.
  • What if you need to take a medication for your heart and are also at high risk for developing skin cancer? Can some medications kill two birds with one stone? We are looking at which heart medications are better for patients with high melanoma risk.
  • Other projects include investigating drug resistance mechanisms and using circulating tumor DNA to monitor for disease recurrence.

If you would like to learn more about what you can do to support melanoma research, please join us at Phoenix Books this Thursday at 7 p.m.

Event Details

Larry Sudbay

The Best Is Yet To Be

Thursday, August 1, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all.

Event address: 191 Bank Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Melanie Bui, MD, PhD, is a dermatologist at The University of Vermont Medical Center and conducts skin cancer research at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. 

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