The Melanoma Research Foundation Introduces `Ask a Nurse` Program

Released on: September 3, 2008, 2:47 pm

Press Release Author: Melanoma Research Foundation

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: New service available to provide personalized answers to
melanoma questions

Press Release Body: HILLSBOROUGH, N.J.The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)
recently announced a new resource for those with questions about melanoma. Through
the Ask a Nurse program, people have free access to an expert for guidance or to
ask basic questions about melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

Although melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. and worldwide, said
Randy Lomax, chairman of the MRF, there is still much to be done in terms of public
education. The Melanoma Research Foundation is excited to add the Ask a Nurse
program to our existing library of resources for melanoma patients and those who
care for them. With this service, there is no need for a referral, prescription or
appointment; all you need once you go online is an e-mail account.

All questions directed to Ask a Nurse are answered by
Suzanne McGettigan, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AOCN, an oncology nurse practitioner
instructor at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In most
cases, McGettigan responds to inquires within 72 hours.

I am thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and experience directly with those
who need it most, said McGettigan. With more than 62,000 Americans expected to be
diagnosed with melanoma this year alone, more people that ever before are looking
for credible information about disease.

McGettigan added that while the program does not replace a patients healthcare
team, the MRF can help people find additional information and personalized answers
beyond what can typically be found searching the Internet.

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About Melanoma
Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is one of the fastest growing
cancers in the U.S., and can strike people of all ages, all races and both sexes.
In fact, with a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma, this year more than
62,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with the disease, resulting in an
estimated 8,400 deaths. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults
25- to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young
adults 15- to 29-years-old.

About Melanoma Research Foundation
The Melanoma Research Foundation is the largest private, national organization
devoted to melanoma in the United States. The Foundation is committed to the
support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure
for melanoma. The Foundation also educates patients and physicians about
prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma, while acting as an advocate for the
melanoma community to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The
MRF Web site is the premiere source for melanoma information seekers. More
information is available at

Web Site:

Contact Details: Deborah Danuser
(202) 742-5256

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