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The AAD is proud to make an impact on communities, local, and abroad. Learn more and help support our mission to promote Healthy Skin, Healthy Lives®.

Skin Cancer Screenings

Dermatologists performing skin cancer screening

The AAD's SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative is leading the fight against skin cancer. Your support helps reduce the incidence of skin cancer and save lives by building shade structures, providing free skin cancer screenings, installing sunscreen dispensers at large outdoor areas, and educating the public on the importance of skin cancer detection and prevention.

AAD's free Skin Cancer Screening Program - providing early detection

45,000+ Dermatologists volunteered in skin cancer screenings since 1997

2.8 Million people screened for skin cancer for free

More than 285,000 suspicious lesions detected

More than 32,500 suspected melanomas found


Sunscreen Dispenser Program - providing sun protection

215 Sunscreen dispensers installed

3.2 Million people provided access to free sunscreen


Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery campers

What does it take to put a smile on the face of young person with a skin disorder? AAD’s Camp Discovery program and you. Campers make friends, find acceptance, and are free to be themselves. Camp Discovery provides these children a sense of community and fun, at no cost to their families.

Camp Discovery - providing life changing experiences

5 Virtual sessions of free camp for those with chronic and severe skin disease

5,911 Happy campers since 1993

4,262 Volunteer opportunities


Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™

Skin Cancer Take A Hike

Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ is a participant-driven fundraising event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign. Support for this initiative helps build shade structures, provide free skin cancer screenings, install sunscreen dispensers at large outdoor areas, and educate the public on the importance of skin cancer detection and prevention. So step on it!

Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ - fundraising for SPOT Skin Cancer™

33 Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ events since 2014

2,880 registered hikers, including AAD members and their patients

Over $1.7M raised to support skin cancer prevention and education programs

Nearly 19,000 miles logged virtually by participants


Shade Structures

Shade structure

AAD Shade Structures provide permanent outdoor shade in areas that are not protected from the sun. With shade structures in almost every state in the U.S., including a growing number of large outdoor community locations such as city zoos and piers, the number of people being shaded is increasing every year, bringing shade to more local communities.

Shade Structures - providing daily sun protection

3.4 million people shaded

441 shade structures built


International grants

A dermatologist examining a young patient

Dermatology care is global and the need is vital. Our members are making an impact in Botswana, Cambodia, Arizona, and around the world. Take that journey with us. Support or volunteer today.

Diverse communities

Skin Care for Developing Countries

45 projects funded in 31 countries

Resident International Grant Program

49,500 patients treated since 2008

Native American Health Service Rotation

2,000 patients seen through the program since 2010


Resident education grants

Young dermatologists looking into microscopes

The future is here. Our up-and-coming residents need your support to further their education for the care of tomorrow’s patients. Support of Resident Education will make that happen. Act now.

Resident Education Grant

13,000 residents were able to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting because of the AAD's Resident Education Grant

Over 75% of eligible residents have received assistance through this program to attend the AAD's Annual Meeting

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