Hiking the Dolomite mountains in Italy
AAD member Ava T. Shamban, MD, FAAD, raised awareness and funds for skin cancer prevention and detection through Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™
Dr. Shamban’s story
Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ in 2022 was monumental. I was so fortunate to be a part of this amazing adventure. An estimated 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, and I have experienced skin cancer first-hand. This trip was important to me on both personal and professional levels.
Personally, I have had two instances of skin cancer; one of my sons was also diagnosed with melanoma. Professionally, this hike had a lot of meaning for me as I’ve taken care of so many patients over the years who have had severe forms of skin cancer, and who were so fortunate to have their conditions recognized by their doctors. What resonated most with my patients was the support of skin cancer screening clinics, and programs ensuring that children are protected from the effects of the sun by creating shade at schools.
Hiking through the Dolomites was spectacular, and I will never forget it. Our mission was to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of your skin as you would any other organ in your body. I’m so honored to have been able to play a part. Thank you to all who supported me on this journey. I can’t wait for next year!
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