Over 29,000 Skin Cancer Screenings Performed Since 20102018 ASDS Annual Meeting logo

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., OCTOBER 12, 2018 – The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the largest specialty organization representing dermatologic surgeons, today recognized top volunteer skin cancer screeners from across the nation, who collectively provided more than 5,500 free cancer screenings in their communities in the last year. Top screeners were announced at the 2018 ASDS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

Choose Skin Health logoChoose Skin Health, in partnership with Neutrogena, is a year-round program that encourages the public to choose healthy, sun-safe behaviors and offers free skin cancer screenings by ASDS member dermatologists. The program advocates for regular sunscreen use and promotes prevention techniques and self-exams. Consumers can locate nearby screenings through the “Find a Free Skin Cancer Screening” webpage at asds.net/Free-Skin-Cancer-Screenings.

For the fourth consecutive year, Andrew T. Jaffe, MD, of Naples, Florida, is the overall top Choose Skin Health screener for 2018. His practice – Riverchase Dermatology, based in southwest Florida – is the program’s top practice for the year. Regional winners include:

  • Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD
  • Daniel J. Ladd, Jr., DO
  • Dawn Sammons, MD
  • Lindsay D. Sewell, MD
  • Lisa Chipps, MD, MS
  • Shraddha Desai, MD

Findings of the 2018 screenings include:

  • 61 percent had never been to a skin cancer screening.
  • 51 percent said they only use SPF protection “sometimes when outside for an extended period of time”; only 18 percent said they use SPF protection daily.
  • 22 percent were related to family members who had skin cancer.
  • 25 percent had used a tanning bed in their past.
  • ASDS members located lesions on the bodies of 78 percent of the patients.

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About the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit asds.net.

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