FDNY, Mollie's Fund launch partnership to prevent skin cancer among city's bravest
A new partnership has been created to promote skin cancer prevention among New York City's bravest.
The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and the New York City Fire Department launched the awareness campaign Thursday on Randall's Island.
"The idea is to better educate and prevent skin cancer. Firefighters have an increased probability of skin cancer over non-firefighters," says FDNY Fire Academy Chief Frank Leeb.
A study published in the JAMA of Dermatology found that firefighters are often diagnosed with melanoma at younger ages, at the average of 42 years old.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States, but it's also one of the most preventable, and is almost always curable when caught early, says Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at NYU Langone hospital.
The presentation given at the event will be incorporated into a learning module available for training and accessible on social media.
Mollies Fund also donated six sunscreen dispensers to the Randall's Island Academy, as well as the FDNY EMS training Academy at Fort Totten, FDNY Tactical, and FDNY Staten Island Tactical.
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