ASAE Honors ASDS Skin Cancer Program

Choose Skin Health, a skin cancer screening program offered by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), has received the national 2015 Power of A award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The Power of A award annually recognizes organizations with programs that have a positive impact both nationally and internationally.

Choose Skin Health, now in its sixth year, is a joint effort between ASDS and Neutrogena in which ASDS members provide free skin cancer screenings and work to educate people about the importance of early detection. Neutrogena offers members a variety of free supplies for the screenings, including forms, brochures, sunscreen samples and marketing materials. The ASDS reported that one in ten people attending the free screenings is diagnosed with skin cancer and that by the end of 2014, the program had provided 14,854 free screenings.

“Our goals are to increase the number of community screenings and highlight the importance of sun protection and regular skin examinations,” said George J. Hruza, MD, president of the ASDS. “This program has the power to save lives and promote lifelong habits that lead to healthy skin.”

“Congratulations to ASDS for helping to make the world a better place,” said Hugh Cannon, CAE, chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “This program exemplifies how associations make a difference every day—not just to the industry or profession they represent, but to society at large.”

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