ABOUT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY

As the largest dermatological association with over 19,000 members, the AAD is uniquely positioned to educate the public on the rising incidence of skin cancer, how to prevent its occurrence, and to promote early detection. Though the vast majority of skin cancers are preventable, the numbers in the U.S. keep growing, especially among young people. An alarming one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

The AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign is dedicated to reducing the incidence and mortality rates of skin cancer. By educating the public about skin cancer prevention and detection, we can help change behaviors and ultimately save lives. Through our skin cancer prevention and detection programs and services, the AAD:

 

  • Offers free nationwide SPOTme® skin cancer screenings, conducted by AAD board-certified dermatologists, to diagnosis skin cancer early, when it’s highly treatable.
  • Provides shade structure grants for schools, daycares, pools, and park and recreational departments to create sun-safe outdoor areas.
  • Produces public awareness campaigns that focus on the importance of sun protection and early detection of skin cancer for all ages, from teens to seniors. Spreading the word that exposure to ultraviolet light is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
  • Offers free skin cancer prevention and detection educational resources to the public, including underserved communities, such as presentations and lesson plans, flyers and eCards, and handouts that include the Body Mole Map, skin self-exam instructions, and tips on how to select a sunscreen.


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The first Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ event occurred in 2014 with a hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dedicated hikers raised awareness and funds for the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign. With each passing year, this momentum continues to grow with hikes taking place across the United States and most recently in Chilean Patagonia where hikers raised more than $214,000. 

Join our community of dermatologists, skin cancer survivors, family and friends affected by skin cancer, and other skin cancer advocates as we work toward our shared interest in ending skin cancer.
FIND A HIKE NEAR YOU.


YOUR IMPACT

You'll be helping us reduce the incidence and mortality rates of skin cancer.
Through the AAD's SPOT Skin Cancer™ programs and services, we're able to:

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Provide free skin
cancer screenings

More than 2.5 million free skin cancer
screenings have been performed and nearly
29,000 melanomas have been detected,
since 1985.

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Fund permanent shade structures
for schools and non-profits

More than 350 structures have been built; each
structure provides sun protection to as many as
600 people daily.

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Educate millions of Americans
about the importance of skin cancer
detection and prevention

Public awareness campaigns promote
behavior change and provide the public with
tips on how to prevent and detect skin cancer.

 


WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

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Be part of a community of
skin cancer survivors, other advocates,
and dermatologists working toward a shared interest in ending skin cancer.

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Access to fundraising resources including;
your own fundraising page, email/letter templates, and social media tools.

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Help save the lives of those most at risk
of developing skin cancer with every
dollar you raise.

 

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