Every year multiple DIG chapters facilitate free skin cancer screenings to the community. Here are some resources if your chapter is interested in starting an annual screening program:
The University of Minnesota DIG chapter facilitated a skin screening for the agricultural community at Minnesota FarmFest 2019 – 50 were screened!
Also in 2019, UMN DIG held a skin screening event at the Minnesota State Fair, screening 144 fairgoers and finding 7 suspected skin cancers (6 BCCs and 1 SCC)! It was a fun day of skin checks, sun safety education, and delicious Fair food. At the event, UMN DIG was able to distribute >500 sunscreen samples from the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS), 300 sun hats from Coolibar, 36 pairs of iGogs polarized sunglasses, and 2 raffle gift baskets from Vanicream.
Additionally, the UT Health San Antonio DIG Chapter organized sun awareness education events at local elementary schools in San Antonio, TX. They are also installing sunscreen dispensers in local parks in the area. The University of Michigan DIG Chapter started an Anti-Tanning Initiative to educate the community on the dangers of tanning. They met with undergraduate academic clubs and extracurricular groups to discuss the dangers of tanning, and together signed an anti-tanning pledge. It is a very meaningful project that will continue for years to come!
We encourage local DIG chapters to host a skin screening event! Visit spotme.org to find a free skin cancer screening and board-certified dermatologist in your area. The Melanoma Research Foundation is hosting virtual Miles for Melanoma.