ASDS fights rising skin cancer rates

July 24, 2015 by
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screeningDespite factors such as longer life expectancies and a societal emphasis on tanning – which contribute to rising skin cancer rates – ASDS members are determined to not only diagnose and treat the disease but help prevent it.

Skin cancer treatments ranked as the most-performed procedure by ASDS members for the fourth year in a row in 2014; more than 3 million procedures were performed. But the commitment among ASDS members to lead the fight against skin cancer extends well beyond the volume of treatments.

ASDS is involved in several programs to combat skin cancer. Members offer free skin cancer screenings through the Choose Skin Health program, a partnership with Neutrogena, while the Sun Safe Soccer and Sun Safe Surfing programs emphasize responsible sun behavior.

And in May, an ASDS Board-appointed expert group of dermatologic surgeons released the first-ever consensus recommendations for the treatment and management of basal cell carcinoma, the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer.

Finally, in case you missed these in the spring, ASDS released a pair of national public service announcement videos to coincide with Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, one warning against indoor tanning and the other focusing on sun-protective behaviors for men.

From prevention efforts to diagnosis and treatment, ASDS members take a comprehensive approach to battling skin cancer.

Posted in Skin Cancer, Sun Safety


ASDS is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of the skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin 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 are also experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Visit ASDS at:

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