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Skin cancer awareness: SPOT Skin Cancer™


It is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Numbers like that make a world without skin cancer seem an impossible goal. But it is within our reach.

A world without skin cancer is an achievable goal and the American Academy of Dermatology is committed to reducing the incidence of and mortality from skin cancer. Public education is the key. 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.

The AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign is the solution

The American Academy of Dermatology cannot achieve this goal alone. While we know there are thousands, if not millions, of individuals, organizations and corporations that share our goal, we need to present a united front to be the most effective with our combined efforts. That’s why the AAD launched SPOT Skin Cancer™. This large-scale public awareness campaign is designed to involve the public, the AAD’s membership of more than 20,500 physicians worldwide, other health organizations, media, and for-profit corporations to advance the public’s understanding of skin cancer and motivate them to change their behavior to prevent and detect skin cancer.

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Your support helps provide access to shade structures, free skin cancer screenings, valuable public education and awareness campaigns, online resources, advocacy efforts, and supporting research.

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