Jeff De La Rosa 2015-11-15 22:24:19
1 This year, we celebrate the 30 Year Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan (foreground) proclaiming National Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Week. AAD member RADM William M. Narva, MC, USN (ret), shown at far left, was instrumental in getting the proclamation signed. He generously provided the AAD with this historic photo. 2 Murad broke ground on a shade structure in Lafayette Park in Los Angeles—the first structure built through Shade America. Shade America, a partnership between AAD and Murad, aims to shade one million children over the next five years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. 3 Major League Baseball’s 2015 program book highlighted Play Sun Smart™, their 17-year partnership with the AAD, which educates players and fans about skin cancer prevention and detection. 4 Freddie the Falcon, mascot for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, helped kick off 2015 SPOTme NFL screenings by showing fans how to fill out the free skin cancer screening form. 5 Latino Outreach Program volunteer J. Scott Boswell, MD, performed a free skin cancer screening at the Mexican consulate’s Ventanillas de Salud in Fresno, Calif. In most VDS locations, 99 percent of the population works outdoors, many in the fields. 6 AAD’s Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ events are happening across the country. Photos from each event will be shared as they are completed. To find out more information or to sign up for a hike, visit www.aad.org/SCTAH. 7 Hikers in Northern California were excited to raise funds in support of SPOT Skin Cancer and create broader awareness about skin cancer prevention and detection by climbing Mt. Diablo. 8 At the peak of Mt. Flora’s Berthoud Pass, Colorado, the first wave of hikers stopped for a breathtaking photo. In the Spotlight Dermatologist responds to local need for shade structure Like any young father, Prashant Singri, MD, takes great joy in watching his children play outdoors. But as a dermatologist, Dr. Singri is attuned to a health risk that many parents may overlook: sun exposure. When Singri noticed that the playground at his children’s school lacked shade, he stepped in to promote sun safety among the children and the community by donating a shade structure. “The kids were always playing outside there, whether school was in session or not,” Dr. Singri noticed of the playground at Frederick Nerge School in Schaumburg, Ill. “There was no shade in the layout. It was constant exposure any time the sun was up.” Dr. Singri works at Schaumburg Dermatology in Illinois, running a solo practice with the help of his wife (who is also a physician) and a physician’s assistant. He had seen mailers from the American Academy of Dermatology about shade structures and the AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program. The program provides grants to schools, parks, and other public places to build shade structures—a sort of permanent awning to provide needed protection from the sun. Schools that wish to participate in the program must integrate information on sun safety and the dangers of skin cancer into their curriculum. Normally, a school would apply for the grant upon meeting certain criteria. Singri reversed the process, offering to fund the structure himself if the school would adopt the educational program. “I try to give back to the community when I can.” The playground turned out to be owned and managed by the park district, so Dr. Singri worked with park district officials, the school principal, and the AAD to make the structure a reality. “The three-way partnership worked out pretty well,” he recalls. Dr. Singri is particularly proud of the educational opportunity the shade structure affords. Such structures form a great starting point for a dialogue with children about sun safety. “You’re not just giving a structure. You’re helping to create an educational program.” The AAD provided several possible curricula, giving the principal a range of options to choose from. The first year, he chose a fairly basic curriculum, but after seeing the results, opted to upgrade to a more involved one. The school plans to keep sun safety a part of the curriculum as long as possible. “That’s how it should be,” Dr. Singri remarks. Because his two children attend the school, Dr. Singri had a rare opportunity to witness the impact of the program personally. “After completing the program, they came home and were teaching me about sun safety, reciting statements I had never told them before.” Skin care education was growing in the wake of his actions, creating a profoundly proud moment for him. After seeing how easy and effective the donation was, Dr. Singri will be reaching out to the school district to find other schools in need of such structures. “I don’t mind doing this every year for a different school,” says Dr. Singri. “If you can teach kids about sun safety at an early age, they will take it to heart and follow through. It’s the best time to reach them.”
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