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Public health programs

Dermatologists care deeply about the effects that skin conditions have on their patients’ lives. That’s why they have helped develop these public health programs.

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AAD awards grants for shade structures

One blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma. That's why the AAD offers grants to help build permanent shade structures where children learn and play.

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Dermatologist-approved lesson plans, activities you can use

Free to everyone, these materials teach young people about common skin conditions, which can prevent misunderstanding and bullying.

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Camp Discovery: Where kids can be themselves

AAD’s signature summer camp offers children with chronic skin conditions a unique camp experience, complete with medical care. It’s free to attend.

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SPOT Skin Cancer™: Skin cancer awareness initiative

By educating the public about how to reduce their risk of skin cancer and how to spot skin cancer, we can help change behaviors and ultimately save lives.

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Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ raises funds and awareness

This program offers you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people, and raise funds that can save lives. Find your hike.

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Get involved

Be part of the inspiring efforts and join the AAD in helping children, local communities, and members of the public in enhancing skin health.

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Share your skin cancer story

Stories have the power to change lives. Your firsthand account could help someone stop tanning or start protecting their skin from the sun.

Some of the AAD's free skin cancer materials
Free resources to help raise awareness about skin cancer

These professional, dermatologist-approved handouts and videos make it easy to share tips. Use them to reach people in your community.