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SPOT Skin Cancer™

May 2012

Do you know that you can help reduce the number of people who get skin cancer? You can even reduce the number of people who die of skin cancer. Your first thought might be “What could I possibly do?” The truth is there is a lot you can do.

That’s why the American Academy of Dermatology created SPOT Skin Cancer™. We invite you to explore these pages and discover the possibilities.

Within the SPOT Skin Cancer™ pages you will also find the information you need to prevent, detect, and live:

How do I prevent skin cancer?

How do I check my skin?

Free skin cancer screenings

Find a dermatologist

What dermatologists tell their patients

Both the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider using self-tanner. To protect your skin, wear sunscreen and seek shade.


Academy news

To raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer and encourage early detection, the Academy designates May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®. This year, the Academy commemorates the month with a new video and other awareness messages.

Self-tanner: How to apply (video)
Board-certified dermatologist Amanda Friedrichs, MD, FAAD, offers tips for applying self-tanner that can give you even coverage and longer-lasting results.

Shade Structure Grant Program recipients
Shade helps prevent skin cancer. That’s why each year the Academy awards grants so that non-profit organizations can build shade structures. This year, 18 non-profits located across the United States from Connecticut to California received grants. Each of these organizations shows an ongoing commitment to helping children and teens protect their skin from the sun.

AK: Precancerous sun damage
Do you have a dry, scaly patch or growth on your skin? Is this spot or growth on an area of your body that gets lots of sun, such as your face, scalp, hand, or neck? If you answered “yes” to these questions, be sure to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis. You could have an actinic keratosis (AK), a precancerous spot.

AKs are very common, but a recent survey shows that few people know about this precancerous skin condition. According to this survey, nearly 9 in 10 Americans had never heard of AK. Make sure you’re not one of the 9.

Next month:
Does your sunscreen help prevent skin cancer?


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