"‘Skin Cancer, Take A Hike!’ Program Promotes Sun Safety And Skin Cancer Awareness"
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting on in five Americans in their lifetime. To help raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and detection, 12 dermatologists, skin cancer survivors, and their family and friends will tell “Skin Cancer, Take A Hike!” during a four-day trek through remote Alaska. Starting July 15, the hikers will trek more than 20 miles along Alaska’s Denali and Foraker mountains to raise funds for the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer campaign. “As a dermatologist and skin cancer survivor myself, this is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Ellen Marmur, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who is leading the team of hikers. Skin cancer affects more Americans than any other cancer, yet most cases are preventable by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and generously applying sunscreen before going outdoors. In addition, everyone should check their skin regularly and call a board-certified dermatologist if they notice any new or suspicious spots or any spots that are changing, itching or bleeding."
- Ellen S. Marmur, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai