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Academy to host members of Congress, staffers at skin cancer screening event

In cooperation with the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) will recognize Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Month® on May 7, by hosting a Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention Health Fair on Capitol Hill. This congressional event is intended to raise awareness about melanoma, encourage early detection of skin cancer, and educate the public about sun safety strategies, such as discouraging tanning bed use, to prevent future skin cancer incidences.

Skin cancer screenings
During the Health Fair, the following AADA dermatologists will conduct free skin cancer screenings for the public as well as Capitol Hill staffers:

  • Brendan Camp, MD, FAAD
  • Alison Ehrlich, MD, FAAD
  • Larry Green, MD, FAAD
  • Andrew Lazar, MD, FAAD
  • Josephine Nguyen, MD, FAAD
  • Sandra Read, MD, FAAD

In 2013, AADA dermatologists conducted 69 skin cancer screenings at this event on Capitol Hill. The screenings, like others conducted across the country throughout the year, will help save lives by finding melanomas in their earliest and most treatable stage and teach participants to perform skin self-exams.

Skin Cancer Prevention Health Fair
A contingent of national health care organizations will also join the AADA for the Skin Cancer Prevention Health Fair. The AADA's partners for the event include:

  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American College of Mohs Surgery
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association
  • American Society for Mohs Surgery
  • Melanoma Research Alliance
  • Melanoma Research Foundation
  • National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
  • The Skin Cancer Foundation

In addition to the Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention Health Fair, the AADA is urging members of Congress and their staff to enhance their constituents’ knowledge about how to prevent skin cancer. The AADA sent a letter to members of Congress offering resources for constituents on how to select a sunscreen, conduct a skin self-exam, and find a dermatologist. The AADA also urged members of Congress and their constituents to see a board-certified dermatologist for the proper diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and other serious diseases.

For more information on this event, contact Niva Haynes at nhaynes@aad.org.

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