UH Cancer Center to hold public symposium on melanoma

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Nana Ohkawa, (808) 564-5911
Public Info Officer, UH Cancer Center
Posted: Apr 21, 2015

Dr. Shane Morita
Dr. Shane Morita
Asinate Vaivela
Asinate Vaivela

The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center's 2015 Melanoma Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Sullivan Conference Center.  

The public symposium will cover the latest in skin cancer treatment, research and prevention. There will be sessions on how melanoma affects people of different ethnic backgrounds in Hawaiʻi, how it spreads throughout the body, and what the newest and most promising treatments are for this cancer.

Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing in Hawaiʻi for decades. It’s estimated that, in 2015, more than 400 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in the state.

At the symposium Asinate Vaivela, a 21-year-old Maui patient, will talk about her struggle with melanoma.  National and local skin cancer experts, including Dr. Shane Morita, a surgeon and member of the UH Cancer Center’s clinical faculty, will discuss the latest research.

There will be free skin cancer screenings from 1 to 2 p.m. 

For more information, visit: http://www.uhcancercenter.org/images/pdf/2015-melanoma-flyer.pdf