The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) hosts Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!, a steps challenge throughout the month of May in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The participant-driven fundraising event — part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer campaign to create a world without skin cancer — aims to log 9,500 miles across the country in honor of the approximately 9,500 people who are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. The event will benefit skin cancer prevention and detection programs, including free skin cancer screenings, sunscreen dispensers, and permanent shade structures where children learn and play, according to AAD in a media release.

Here’s How to Participate

To participate in “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!”:

  • Sign up at There is no fee to register, and participants can sign up as a team captain, join a team or register as an individual. Anyone who registers by May 1 will receive a UPF 50 scarf.
  • Get moving: Download the free AAD Hike app, which will be available May 1, to take your fundraising and activity tracking on the go. Log your miles, view your and/or your team’s progress, send messages, and connect with others who are stepping up for skin cancer.
  • Connect: Once registered, join the “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!” Facebook group to connect with other participants, receive fundraising tips, and participate in mini challenges for a chance to win prizes. Use the hashtag #SCTAH when sharing hike updates and photos on social media.

“Particularly after a challenging year, exercise is great activity for our physical and mental health, and even more so when it’s tied to a good cause. By letting you choose the time, place and activity of your workout, this fitness challenge provides a wonderful and safe way to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and support life-saving skin cancer prevention and detection programs.”

— dermatologist Ken J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, president of the AAD


In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May and Melanoma Monday on May 3, the AAD has launched this hike in conjunction with its annual national public awareness campaign encouraging Americans to #PracticeSafeSun to protect themselves and their families from skin cancer, including melanoma, the release continues.

“By raising awareness through this hike, we want to remind everyone that unprotected UV exposure is the most significant risk factor for skin cancer. Whenever you’re outdoors, protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing — including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection — and applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing.”

— Ken J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD

Skin Cancer, Take a Hike! is part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer campaign to reduce mortality from and the incidence of skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer.

[Source(s): American Academy of Dermatology, Newswise]

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