Did you know? 30 years of free skin cancer screenings


The AAD has been offering free skin cancer screenings for over 30 years, making it one of the most successful public health programs in U.S. history. In this video, Darrell Rigel, MD, describes the beginnings of the program and encourages all members to participate in the SPOTme® skin cancer screening program.


​Since its inception in 1985, millions have been educated about the importance of sun protection and early cancer detection through the AAD SPOTme® skin cancer screening program. In 2014, the program was expanded through a generous donation by Bristol-Myers Squibb. As a result, countless lives have been saved by identifying melanomas in their earliest, most treatable stage.

Member volunteers are critical to the success of this life-saving program. To date, dermatologists have volunteered to conduct more than 2.4 million skin cancer screenings and have detected more than 248,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 27,500 suspected melanomas.

Demonstrate your commitment to protecting your community by volunteering for a SPOTme® skin cancer screening program. Together, we can influence positive behavior change to improve public health.

Host a SPOTme® free screening event in your area. The AAD will equip you with free screening forms and skin cancer handouts, as well as advertise your event on the AAD’s website and toll-free hotline.

Important note: For the second year in a row, the Academy is requiring that all AAD doctors participating in the screening sign a SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening Volunteer Attestation Form. In addition, the program director, PAs, and NPs that are participating in the screening are also required to sign the agreement. We understand that these names may not be available at the time you request your screening materials. However, all names and signatures should be submitted before the screening occurs.

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