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Listen to Your Skin™

March 2012

If you’re like many Americans, you may be unaware that you have a skin condition which can lead to skin cancer. This skin condition is called actinic keratosis, or AK for short. About 58 million Americans have AKs.

There is good news. AKs can be treated before they turn into skin cancer. That's why the American Academy of Dermatology and LEO Pharma have teamed up to launch Listen to Your Skin™. This website can help you learn whether you could have AKs. On this site, you'll find:

Listen to Your Skin™
See how closely an AK can resemble an age spot or freckle.

Skin type tells your story
It takes about 30 seconds to learn your skin type, which can tell you about your risk of getting AKs.

10 questions to ask your dermatologist
If you find something on your skin that concerns you, make an appointment to see a dermatologist, and be sure to bring these questions with you.

Take care of your skin
Receive a free kit to help you protect your skin from the sun.

Think you could have an AK?

If you have sun-damaged skin or any sign of an AK, it is important to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. You can find a dermatologist in your area by going to Find a dermatologist.

Learn more about AK

Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis: Who gets and causes

Actinic keratosis: Tips for managing


Academy news

Partnering with LEO Pharma to raise AK awareness
Many Americans have AKs on their skin and are unaware of them. Because AKs can turn into skin cancer, raising AK awareness is important. LEO Pharma has partnered with the Academy to create an awareness campaign. The campaign’s first initiative is an informational website called Listen To Your Skin™.

To learn more about this campaign, read American Academy of Dermatology and LEO Pharma launch educational website to raise awareness about sun damage and skin cancer.

Working to ban youth from indoor tanning in Idaho
Academy President Roy L. Moy, MD, FAAD, says it’s crucial that everyone under 18 be prohibited from using tanning beds. This can prevent future skin cancers. The American Academy of Dermatology Association and the Idaho Dermatology Society are trying to make this happen in Idaho. They are working together to urge the Idaho state legislature to adopt a bill that bans the use of indoor tanning devices by everyone under 18.

For more information, read Idaho considers legislation to prohibit indoor tanning for minors.

Academy-program updates

Camp Discovery: The deadline for submitting an application for this summer camp is April 15. Camp Discovery offers kids living with a chronic skin condition a unique camp experience.

Shade structure program: Applications for 2012 Shade Structure Grants are no longer available. The Academy will announce the recipients of the 2012 grants in April.

Next month: April is Rosacea Awareness Month


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