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Shade structures provide needed sun protection for North Little Rock soccer spectators

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 1, 2017) — Dedication ceremony today recognizes gift from the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer to the American Academy of Dermatology

Five new shade structures are providing important sun protection for soccer spectators at Burns Park in North Little Rock thanks to a donation from the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Program. The new shade structures will be dedicated today – Melanoma Monday – at a ceremony at 5:00 p.m. at the Burns Park Soccer Complex, 1 Soccer Drive, North Little Rock.

The five shade structures were installed over soccer field bleachers at the Burns Park Soccer Complex. More than 300 fans each week are expected to benefit from the sun protection as the soccer fields host an average of 500 games and 700 practices over the nine-month soccer season. 

“It is fitting that on Melanoma Monday, a day dedicated to awareness of the most serious form of skin cancer, these shade structures are being dedicated,” said board-certified dermatologist Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, president of the AAD. “Unprotected sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers and seeking shade is a simple way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.” 

The Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer donated its funds to the AAD for the installation of shade structures in the Little Rock area to provide shade to their community.

“When the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer was closed, we wanted to ensure that the remaining funds were gifted in the state of Arkansas for skin cancer prevention,” said board-certified dermatologist Scott Dinehart, MD, FAAD, former co-founder of the AFSC. “The AAD’s Shade Structure Program was the best way to utilize these funds in our home state, helping completely shade the remaining soccer field bleachers at the soccer complex and allowing children and parents to enjoy outdoor activities while protected from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.”

Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In Arkansas, it is estimated than 610 new cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed this year. However, when detected early, melanoma is highly treatable.

The AAD has awarded shade structure grants to schools and non-profit organizations across the country in order to protect children and adolescents from the sun’s harmful rays. Since its launch in 2000, the AAD’s Shade Structure Program has awarded 350 shade structure grants, which provide shade for more than 600,000 individuals each day.

The Shade Structure Program is part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer.

Visit the SPOT Skin Cancer™ website to learn how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map for tracking changes on your skin, and find free SPOT me™ skin cancer screenings in your area. You can also download free materials to educate others in your community, and those affected by skin cancer can share their story on the website.

About the AAD
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin) or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).