May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology 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 also 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.

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WHAT MAKES A
SKIN CANCER HERO?

Read these heroic
stories to find out.

BE A
SKIN CANCER HERO

Learn how to prevent
skin cancer and detect
it early.

FIND A
SKIN CANCER HERO

Search for a board-certified
dermatologist or a free
skin cancer screening
in your area.


What makes a skin cancer hero?

Read more personal stories from those whose lives have been affected by skin cancer.

Learn about the AAD's history of fighting skin cancer.


Be a skin cancer hero


"PROTECT YOURSELFIE" PSA

The AAD’s new PSA “Protect Yourselfie” uses social media imagery to remind teen girls that tanning can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, and encourages them to protect their skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.


"CAUGHT IT" PSA

The AAD’s new PSA “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.


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HOW TO BE A SKIN CANCER HERO INFOGRAPHIC

You can be a Skin Cancer Hero by detecting the disease early, when it's most treatable. Learn how to spot the signs of skin cancer on yourself and your partner.


THE SUN'S HOT. SKIN CANCER'S NOT.

Women younger than 30 are six times more likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors. Use this infographic to educate teenage girls about how they can protect their skin and prevent skin cancer.

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More resources


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.

How to select a sunscreen

Do you know that some sunscreens can prevent sunburn, reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, and help prevent early signs of skin aging? Follow these tips on how to select a sunscreen.

How to SPOT Skin Cancer™

When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Use the information in this graphic to check your skin regularly.

Skin Cancer Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides incidence rates, survival rates, mortality rates, risk factors, prevention & detection, and cost issues for people of different ages and genders.

Indoor Tanning Fact Sheet

If you think tanning beds are safer than the sun or a base tan protects you from sunburn, these science-based facts may surprise you.

Sunscreen FAQs

You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions about sunscreen.

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