In cooperation with the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, the AADA recognized Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Month® on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, by hosting a Capitol Hill Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention Health Fair in the Capitol Hill Visitors Center. This annual congressional event is intended to raise awareness about melanoma, encourage early detection of skin cancer, and educate the public about sun safety strategies, such as discouraging tanning bed use, to prevent future skin cancer incidences.
A contingent of national health care organizations joined the AADA for the Skin Cancer Prevention Health Fair. The AADA's partners for the event included the:
- American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- American College of Mohs Surgery
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association
- American Society for Mohs Surgery
- Melanoma Research Alliance
- Melanoma Research Foundation
- National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
- The Skin Cancer Foundation
During the Health Fair, AADA dermatologists conducted almost 60 free skin cancer screenings. The screenings, like others conducted across the country throughout the year, will help save lives by finding melanomas in their earliest and most treatable stage and teach participants to perform skin self-exams.