What is National Melanoma Awareness Month? The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated every May as National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and the first Monday of May as National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Day. Both are dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. The campaign recognizes Skin Cancer Heroes—patients and survivors, the friends and loved ones who have helped and supported them.
Why the observance? With incidences of skin cancer on the rise, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Week in 1985 at the behest of the American Academy of Dermatology. Melanoma Monday was established in 1995 to further raise awareness.
How can I be involved? There are many ways you can be involved. National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month focuses on prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and others.
To learn more about National Melanoma Awareness Month, check out the following resources:
How to be a Skin Cancer Hero (American Academy of Dermatology)
During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology is recognizing Skin Cancer Heroes — patients and survivors, the friends and loved ones who have helped and supported them, and the board-certified dermatologists who have detected and treated their skin cancer.
Take the Quiz: Skin Cancer (American Cancer Society)
Don’t be fooled by rumors and misinformation about your skin. Get the facts. Test your knowledge of these 6 common beliefs about skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Awareness (U-M Rogel Cancer Center)
This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment, including basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma.
Melanoma Skin Cancer (American Cancer Society)
Melanoma is less common than some other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. If you have melanoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope.