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SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening Program

The free 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.

Find a free skin cancer screening

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

What to expect at a skin cancer screening

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

How to check your skin for skin cancer

You can catch skin cancer early by examining your skin. This short video shows you how to check your skin and what to look for.

Download the body mole map

Use the AAD'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.

No health insurance? How to follow up after a 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.

Skin cancer stories

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Find support and encouragement from skin cancer patients and their families who have chosen to share their stories.


Men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma

The AAD encourages everyone to take 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.

Learn more at, Melanoma strikes men harder.

"Caught It" PSA

Men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than the general population. The AAD's PSA “Caught It” encourages men over 50 to be aware of changes on their skin so that they can detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

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