TAMPA, Fla. — The American Academy of Dermatology wants to warn you about the danger of sun exposure. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated one American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The AAD sets aside the first Monday of May as "Melanoma Monday," a day when dermatologists offer free skin cancer screenings. The free screenings have detected more than 188,000 suspicious lesions, including more than 21,500 suspected melanomas, since 1985.
This year the organization is encouraging everyone to make sure to check their skin for signs of cancer and to protect it for the sun's ultraviolet rays.
If you are unable to make it to a free Melanoma Monday skin cancer screening event, members of the American Academy of Dermatology are offering skin cancer screenings throughout the year. You can search for a free screening near you in Florida by clicking here.