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.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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.


Join the conversation and help raise skin cancer awareness on social media. Download one of our SPOT Skin Cancer™ statistic signs and share a selfie on social media to let others know how important it is to detect skin cancer early. Include the corresponding statistic and the hashtag #SpotSkinCancer with your post.

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Research shows that women are 9x more likely than men to find melanoma on others.
  On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
  The five-year survival rate for melanoma when detected and treated in its early stages is 98%.
Nearly 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
  An estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

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