New Survey Data Reveals Nearly 75% of Consumers Have Not Had a Full Skin Exam Within the Past 12 Months

A leader in precision dermatology enabled by a non-invasive skin genomics platform, today announced the release of new survey data in conjunction with the launch of its third annual #Stickit2Melanoma campaign in honor of Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. Initiated in 2021, the campaign aims to raise awareness of melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, and promote the importance of scheduling regular skin exams.

“Too many people are not scheduling skin exams, despite the fact that early melanoma detection is key for positive treatment outcomes”

The national survey gathered responses from more than 500 consumers, with only 22% reporting a previous diagnosis of melanoma. According to the findings, almost three fourths of respondents (74.2%) have not received a full skin exam within the past 12 months, despite 48.9% of respondents admitting they currently have – or are not sure if they have – new or changing moles. Additionally, about 55% of respondents said that they have either never visited a dermatologist or have not visited a dermatologist in more than two years. Finally, only 23.48% of respondents said that they were prompted to visit a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening.

“Too many people are not scheduling skin exams, despite the fact that early melanoma detection is key for positive treatment outcomes,” said Todd Wood, chief commercial officer of DermTech. “With this top-of-mind, we’re proud to launch our third annual #Stickit2Melanoma campaign and continue to raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma, a potentially life-threatening disease, and encourage people to schedule skin exams with their doctors today. We are passionate about empowering individuals to take proactive steps in protecting their health, screening for skin cancer and joining us in this important fight against melanoma.”

The #Stickit2Melanoma campaign officially begins today, May 1, 2023, known as Melanoma Monday. For every #Stickit2Melanoma pledge to schedule a skin exam, DermTech will make a $5 donation to its non-profit partner organizations – all of which, along with DermTech, are dedicated to helping end deaths from melanoma. The campaign will support events, educational content and programs throughout the year. Since 2021, DermTech has donated $500,000 and has committed to donating up to $1 million through 2025.

In tandem with the observance, DermTech is distributing pledge stickers to doctors’ offices across the country, allowing patients to take the skin exam pledge in-person, along with UV bracelets that change color when the wearer should consider getting out of the sun.


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