Please help me tell Skin Cancer to "Take a Hike."
More than 3.5 million skin cancer cases affecting 2 million people are diagnosed annually.
On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
These statistics can be turned around with public awareness and understanding on how to prevent and detect skin cancer. Here at the Academy, I am proud that we are working to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. And I am so proud that one of our members, Dr. Ellen Marmur has launched the “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!" event to raise awareness and financial support for the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative. Dr. Marmur will lead a team up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The six-day climb is a physically demanding trek on the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet above sea level!
The American Academy of Dermatology thanks Dr. Marmur and her hiking team for scaling the highest peak in Africa to raise needed funds toward the efforts of SPOT Skin Cancer and its vision of a ‘world without skin cancer.”
I need your help to show our commitment to eliminating preventable skin cancer and appreciation for her efforts. If you know someone who has or had skin cancer, please make a gift on their behalf. And if you have been lucky enough not to be touched by anyone who has been affected by skin cancer, support me and my efforts for this very worthy cause.
HOW WILL YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIO BE SPENT?
Proceeds from Dr. Marmur’s hike, will support the AAD SPOT Skin CancerTM initiative, providing educational programs and activities, plus online resources to educate the public with the message of sun safety, skin cancer prevention and detection. Some of the benefits of the AAD initiatives include, but are not limited to:
- Funding The National Skin Cancer Screening Program, which has provided 2.3 million people with free skin cancer screenings since 1985.
- Installing shade structures throughout the country. Since 2000, over 573,000 individuals have benefitted from the national Shade Structure Program. Last year over 515 organizations submitted request for shade structure grants – only 22 were fulfilled due to limited funds.
- Creating and issue Public Educational Materials, such as skin cancer public service advertisements, promoting the importance of sun protection and the dangers of indoor tanning.
- Advocating for legislation prohibiting minors under age 18 from using tanning beds. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.