Operation Sun SCREEN

In 2023

The Association of Military Dermatologists

In conjunction with industry Partner LaRoche Posay and the American Academy of Dermatology's 'Spot Skin Cancer' campaign organized the first-ever Operation Sun SCREEN (OSS), a skin cancer screening and outreach event at the Miramar Air Show in San Diego, CA from September 22nd to September 24th.

over 40 volunteer active duty

This event brought together over 40 volunteer active duty, retired, and civilian dermatologists, residents, and medical volunteers from the local area. Their objectives were to raise awareness about skin cancer and provide free skin cancer screenings to air show attendees.

over 400 screenings were accomplished

Over the course of the air show, over 400 screenings were  accomplished, approximately 60 of which were recommended to obtain a follow-up biopsy.
As an added bonus, representatives from La Roche Posay were on site to provide sunscreen and educate the attendees on the myriad of excellent products available, and encourage them to participate in a screening.

AMD Board Member Dr. Hugh Lyford

AMD Board Member Dr. Hugh Lyford, conceived of the idea as a means of connecting with the local community and showcasing the military's dedication to high quality dermatologic care. A recent Department of Defense study demonstrating an 87% increased risk of melanoma in military aircrew, underscores the importance of raising awareness about preventable skin cancers in this military population at this and similar events.

the success of the first OSS

With the success of the first OSS, the Association of Military Dermatologists hope to plan future events for the Miramar
air show and expand the footprint of these event other Air Shows throughout the country to help raise awareness nationwide of the importance of getting screened regularly for skin cancer if you are at high risk.

Reach out here if you are interested in hosting an OSS event at an Air Show near you or if you would like to sponsor our organization's events at other Air Shows across the U.S!

Many thanks to our Operation Sun SCREEN Nationwide Sponsor La Roche Posay!

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