Newsletter XVII - Skin Cancer Awareness

May is the designated month for raising awareness about skin cancer. Around the country, events are being held to provide information about prevention and detection of this insidious disease. The American Academy of Dermatology established May 1 as Melanoma Monday to encourage prevention and early detection of melanoma. During the month of May, thousands of free skin cancer screenings will be given around the country. To find one in your area, go to Free Skin Cancer Screenings.

Other organizations, including the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Women's Dermatologic Society, the Melanoma International Foundation, and more, will also host skin cancer awareness events during May. You can participate by becoming an event sponsor, volunteering your time, or simply attending. At most events, free skin cancer screenings will also be available.

On May 6, 2006, the American Academy of Dermatology hoped to set a Guinness World Record by conducting the greatest number of skin cancer screenings in a single day. For more information about the free screenings held across the country go to Guinness World Record.

Families Play Safe in the Sun is a series of events sponsored by the Women's Dermatologic Society. These events provide free skin cancer screenings and information in 15 communities across the United States. To find out more, go to Play Safe in the Sun.

Skin Cancer Screening Tour. The Skin Cancer Foundation and Doak Dermatologics provide free skin cancer screenings from a Mobile Diagnosis Vehicle (MDV) that is traveling the country. Visit the Skin Cancer Screening Tour to see if the MDV will stop in your area on its 20-city national tour.

Safe from the Sun Walk and Run is sponsored by the Melanoma International Foundation. This year the foundation is partnering with the American Academy of Dermatology to try to set the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of skin cancer screenings in a single day.

This is just a small sampling of the activities that will take place in May. Be sure to check your local newspaper for more events designed to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention and screening. I hope you will attend one of them. And, as always, I hope you will safely enjoy the outdoors.