Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Suguru Imaeda, MD


Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Full body skin examinations are important for detection of skin cancers, earlier detection of melanomas, and resulting decreased morbidity and mortality. While skin cancers occur at lower frequencies in Asian Americans compared to non-Hispanic whites, the associated morbidity and mortality is higher in Asian Americans as skin cancers are more likely to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage. A randomized controlled study will be performed to determine whether educational programs on skin cancer presentation and screening by community health educators will increase the proportion of Asian patients obtaining skin exams, which ultimately can lower morbidity and mortality from skin cancer in this population.