Did your massage therapist find a suspicious spot?

Thank you for visiting the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ website.

Your massage therapist referred you here after noticing a suspicious spot on your skin that could be skin cancer.

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

Seeing a board-certified dermatologist is the first step to identifying the suspicious spot on your skin. Visit Find a Dermatologist to locate a dermatologist in your area. We encourage you to make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible to evaluate your spot.

To learn about how to prevent and detect skin cancer, please visit these AAD resources


  • Prevent skin cancer: Follow these dermatologists’ tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

  • Detect skin cancer: You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. Download the AAD's body mole map to document your skin self-examination and learn what to look for when checking your spots.

Additional related resources

View infographics and watch videos for additional tips on how to prevent and detect skin cancer.

How to SPOT Skin Cancer™

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. Use the information as a guide to check your skin regularly.

Download the body mole map

Use the Academy'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.

Skin self-exam video

You can catch skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. Watch this video to learn how to check your skin.

Skin cancer prevention

Watch this video and follow these tips to protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Free resources

Download these free educational resources to learn how to prevent and detect skin cancer.