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.

Find a free skin cancer screening

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

How to apply sunscreen

Sunscreen protects your skin against skin cancer; however, it is not as effective unless it is applied properly. Watch this video and follow tips from dermatologists on how to apply sunscreen to make sure you are getting the most protection.

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.

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.

Annual screening reminder

Sign-up and you’ll receive a reminder each year to schedule your annual skin cancer screening with a dermatologist.

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.


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The AAD’s new SPOTme® video, “Check Him Out,” uses humor to show how men and women sometimes see things a little differently before encouraging women to regularly check their partner’s skin for the signs of skin cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology’s 2017 SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign — Check Your Partner. Check Yourself — is encouraging women to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer. When detected early, skin cancer — including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer —  is highly treatable. Research has shown that women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others, which means women could help save their partners' lives by helping them spot skin cancer. 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 changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.

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