May Is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month(R)

SCHAUMBURG, IL--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) releases skin cancer news and coordinates special activities to raise awareness about skin cancer and to encourage Americans to practice sun-safe behaviors.

Skin Cancer News

-- Melanoma and Pregnancy: What Every Woman Needs to Know About the Risks, Prognosis

-- Dermatologists Encourage People to Screen the One You Love for Skin Cancer

-- Consumer Alert: Dermatologists Warn Skin Cancer Is an Equal Opportunity Health Threat

-- Early Detection of Melanoma Plus Regular Skin Exams Is Vital for Beating Disease

-- American Academy of Dermatology Recognizes Coolibar for Sun-Protective Clothing

Academy Skin Cancer Initiatives

Melanoma Monday®

In 1995, the Academy established the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday® to raise awareness about this potentially fatal type of skin cancer and to encourage Americans to practice sun-safe behaviors and examine their skin for suspicious moles and lesions.

Academy National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program

Since its inception in 1985, the Academy's National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program has screened more than 1.9 million people across the country and detected more than 188,000 suspicious lesions, including 21,500-plus suspected melanomas.

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at (888) 462-DERM or

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Contact Information: Contacts: Kara McFarland (847) 240-1701 Allison Sit (847) 240-1746 Jennifer Allyn (847) 240-1730