Free skin cancer screenings
Skin Cancer Screening Program
The free skin cancer screening program is the AAD's longest-standing public health program. Since its inception in 1985, dermatologists have conducted more than 2.8 million free skin cancer screenings with more than 278,000 suspicious lesions detected, and more than 31,500 suspected melanomas. Millions of people have been educated about the importance of sun protection and early cancer detection through the skin cancer screening program. As a result, countless lives have been saved by identifying melanomas in their earliest, most treatable stage.
When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Find a free skin cancer screening near you.
Read FAQs and a watch a video explaining what to expect at a skin cancer screening.
You can catch skin cancer early by examining your skin. This short video shows you how to check your skin and what to look for.
Use the AAD's body mole map to perform a self-exam, learn what to look for, and record your spots so you can refer back during your next visit with your dermatologist.
Have you just had a skin cancer screening and been told that you have a spot on your skin that could be skin cancer? If you do not have health insurance, learn how you can still get medical care.
1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Find support and encouragement from skin cancer patients and their families who have chosen to share their stories.
Men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma
The AAD encourages everyone to take steps to prevent skin cancer and detect it early, when it’s most treatable. This is especially important for men over 50 as they have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population.
If you notice any suspicious spots on your skin or your partner’s skin, or anything that is changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.
Learn more at, Melanoma strikes men harder.