Blog Contest Winner!

Blog_derma_blog_august09.JPG This past month, Dermanetwork has run the "Make A Difference Blog Contest" to spread awareness about the issue of skin cancer. In early June, we ran a poll to discover public support regarding legislation that would require minors to have parental approval before using tanning beds. Blogs have positioned themselves as a powerful media to reach the masses, including the young adults who may not read a newspaper or watch the news. Blogs have the ability to spread education through the web in a way that will touch the lives of children, who are possibly the most endangered by melanoma. The winner of the contest was a woman from Texas. Her blog inspired more than 2,000 comments on her entry regarding skin cancer. Her blog can be seen here: According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. More than a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually, making education on this issue very important. Although information is readily available on the web, blogs are much easier to relate to on a personal level. The blog entries from this contest included personal stories, poetry, photography, and advice. If even one person becomes more aware about the dangers of skin cancer, then the contest was a success.
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