More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. Of these cases, it is estimated that about 131,810 are melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, which claims an estimated 9,180 lives annually.
One American dies of melanoma almost every hour!
Statistics like that are what prompted the American Academy of Dermatology to act. The AAD created a program to reduce the number of deaths from skin cancer in the United States by educating the public about skin cancer risk and providing free screenings to catch skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Their program is called SPOT™ and their stated goals are:
Vision: A world without skin cancer.
Mission: Increase public understanding about skin cancer and motivate positive behavior change to reduce the incidence of and mortality from skin cancer.
Objective: Raise public awareness about skin cancer and save lives.
Up to now, the dermatologists participating in the SPOT ™ program have conducted more than 2.1 million screenings since 1985! Their member volunteers have detected suspicious lesions and nearly 24,000 suspected melanomas.
Now it’s your turn to take advantage of this generous free screening program. Simply visit the website below and accept the invitation by the American Academy of Dermatology to find a free skin cancer screening at one of their screening locations in your State. You can also use their directory to find a dermatologist in your area.
Find a Free Skin Cancer Screening location in your area.
Please ‘pay it forward’ and pass this information to someone you know – your actions might help prevent another deadly case of skin cancer.