>>Narrator Abbygail Sadoy, UH student: About
400 people in Hawaii are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma or skin cancer this year. A
symposium about melanoma drew a crowd of about 100 to the University of Hawaii Cancer Center
to discuss the latest in treatment, research and prevention. Asinate Vaivela, a 21-year-old
cancer survivor from Maui was diagnosed with stage-three melanoma in 2011, when she went
to the doctor to check out a cyst on the side of her foot.>>Asinate Vaivela, cancer survivor: I was
just shocked that I had cancer. I didn’t think that someone young like me would get
it.>>Narrator: The symposium also featured free
skin cancer screenings. Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing in Hawai‘i and
doctors say early detection and prevention are key.>>Dr. Shane Morita, Assistant Clinical Professor,
UH Cancer Center: Anyone’s at risk. You can be fair-skinned and you can be dark-skinned.
To also look at other sites that you might not think. Look at your hands and feet.>>Narrator: Although melanoma is frequently
detected in Caucasians, it is detected at a more advanced stage in other ethniciites.
It’s something Vaivela knows first-hand.>>Vaivela: It can be Filipinos or dark-skinned
people as well. So if you see anything out of the ordinary, or you just never know, you
should check it out with your doctor.