The Atlanta Falcons are partnering with the American Academy of Dermatology to raise skin cancer awareness. Through this partnership, the Atlanta Falcons will host free SPOT me™ skin cancer screenings at Falcons’ training camp this preseason, July 25 – 27. Fans who participate will also be eligible to win autographed Falcons’ memorabilia.
“We are excited to take part in the SPOT me™ campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and detection among our fans,” says Marty Lauzon, director of sports medicine and performance and head athletic trainer for the Falcons, in a news release. “Living in Atlanta, where it’s warm and sunny most days of the year, we know how critical it is to protect ourselves from sun exposure – especially as players and coaches are spending so many hours outside. It’s important that our fans take the same precautions and take advantage of the free skin cancer screenings and educational information available at training camp.”
Atlanta dermatologist Michael S. Fisher, MD, adds: “People don’t realize that Georgia has a serious skin cancer problem. Of the 50 states, Georgia is projected to have the 12th highest number of new cases of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – with an estimated 2,180 cases expected in 2014.”