CalDerm, FCSN to launch Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program

The program will teach firefighters the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and provide free skin cancer screenings


By FireRescue1 staff

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm) announced last week the launch of the Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program in California.

The Firefighter Skin Prevention Screening Program, developed in partnership with the Firefighters Cancer Support Network, will teach firefighters the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and provide free skin cancer screenings.

CalDerm, the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, is a membership medical society comprised of Board Certified Dermatologists who practice primarily in the state of California.
CalDerm, the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, is a membership medical society comprised of Board Certified Dermatologists who practice primarily in the state of California.

The first event will be held Aug. 20-21 at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in Truckee, California.

“Fire seasons in California, especially Northern California, are longer each year, requiring that firefighters have lengthened exposure to the most hazardous carcinogens that cause melanoma,” said Dr. Ann Haas, CalDerm board member. “Annual screenings are central to the health of firefighters, especially since recent studies have shown that firefighters can be diagnosed with melanoma up to 14 years after continued exposure.”

Visit calderm.org to learn more about the Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program.

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