July 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO--()--California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm), the leading voice for Dermatologists, announced the launch of the Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program in California in partnership with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

CalDerm, alongside our partners at the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, is pleased to utilize the framework built by their professional colleagues in Boston and offer their expertise in skin cancer prevention and screenings to firefighters on the firelines in California. Recent studies have demonstrated that firefighters are 9% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 14% more likely to die of cancer compared with age-matched cohorts.

“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, Board Member, CalDerm. “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.”

CalDerm’s Firefighter Skin Prevention Screening Program will teach the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and provide free skin cancer screenings. Taking place on August 20-21, 2022, at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in Truckee, Nevada, Dermatologists are proud to volunteer their time to protect those that protect our communities.

“For the last fifty years, dermatologists throughout California have served to advance the health of those we serve,” said Dr. Sima Torabian, Board Member, CalDerm. “Year after year, we have witnessed firsthand, the incredible service firefighters provide our community – as studies reporting the long-term effects of harmful carcinogens that firefighters are exposed to in their daily profession, it is only fitting that CalDerm and our dermatologists apply our expertise to ensure the health and safety of our community protectors.”

To support, learn and attend CalDerm’s Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program, visit www.calderm.org.

About CalDerm

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. Established in 1972, CalDerm’s mission is to advocate freely chosen, unhampered relationships between trusting patients and compassionate physicians guided by their highest scientific, artistic, ethical, and professional standards.

About Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Since 2005, the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) has provided assistance and one-on-one mentoring to thousands of cancer-stricken firefighters and their families. FCSN also delivers extensive firefighter cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide. Our vision is to be the global leader in firefighter cancer support, awareness, and education.


Sheila Johnston 
Executive Director, CalDerm 
866.337.3376 or sjohnston@calderm.org

Scott Jennie 
Firefighter Cancer Support Network 
866.994.3276 or sjennie@fcsn.net

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