The SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening Program is the AAD's longest-standing public health program. Since its inception in 1985, dermatologists have conducted more than 2.7 million free skin cancer screenings with more than 271,000 suspicious lesions detected, and more than 30,000 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.


How to check your skin for skin cancer

Watch this video and follow tips from board-certified dermatologists to increase your chances of spotting skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

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.

Find a free skin cancer screening

When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Find a free SPOTme® skin cancer screening near you.

No health insurance? How to follow up after a skin cancer screening

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.

SPOTme® in the community

The SPOTme® screening program partners with other organizations to educate the public about skin cancer risk and providing free skin cancer screenings. Learn more about where we'll be in the community!

What to expect at a SPOTme® screening

View FAQs and a video explaining what to expect at a SPOTme® skin cancer screening.

Meet our partner

A charitable grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2014 supported the expansion of the Academy’s skin cancer detection efforts. Learn more about this generous gift and how it's helping educate the public to spot skin cancer.


Be a skin cancer hero

The AAD’s new SPOTme® video, "Caught It" encourages men over 50 to be aware of changes on their skin so they can detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable.
The American Academy of Dermatology’s 2018 SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign is recognizing "Skin Cancer Heroes" — patients and survivors, the friends and loved ones who have helped and supported them, and the board-certified dermatologists who have detected and treated their skin cancer. The AAD encourages everyone to be their own "Skin Cancer Hero" by taking 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.

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