History of the A,B,C,D,Es of melanoma


Darrell Rigel, MD, explains why dermatologists created the A,B,C,D,Es of melanoma.

This month, the Academy launched a web page that documents the 30-year history of free skin cancer screenings.The page is designed to help educate the public about the program and the key role dermatologists have played in raising awareness about the prevention and detection of skin cancer.

AAD’s free skin cancer screening program (now known as the SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening program) is one of the most successful association-led public health programs in U.S. history. Since 1985, volunteer dermatologists have:

  • Conducted 2,572,846 screenings
  • Detected 256,319 suspected skin cancer lesions
  • Detected 28,822 suspected melanomas

Darrell Rigel, MD, one of the founders of the program, filmed videos to educate the public about the history of the screening program and the creation of the A,B,C,D,Es of melanoma. 


Darrell Rigel, MD, explains the history of the Academy's free skin cancer screening program.