Skin Cancer Prevention & Detection Information for Physicians

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Skin cancer is the most common and preventable cancer. The Maryland Skin Cancer Prevention Program is committed to helping primary care physicians identify skin cancer and educate their patients about skin cancer prevention and early detection.

  • The Program offers Maryland physicians a free lucite display and a supply of skin cancer education brochures from the American Cancer Society (Why You Should Know About Melanoma and A Parent’s Guide to Skin Cancer Prevention). Physicians can also request a colorful skin cancer prevention poster along with the display. To order, call Roberta Herbst at 410-539-0872 or 800-492-1056, ext. 3340 or e-mail her at
  • Patients should be encouraged to perform skin self-exams on a regular basis to assist in early detection of skin cancer. Click here for an instructive skin self-exam flyer.
  • A booklet entitled, “I Have Melanoma: Now What?” is a guide to frequent questions asked by newly diagnosed melanoma patients. This was a collaborative effort between the Center for a Healthy Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology. It is available at with proceeds designated for skin cancer research and education. To receive a complimentary copy, contact Roberta Herbst at 410-539-0872, ext. 3340 or e-mail her at

As a member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Program keeps abreast of new developments in research, recommendations, and education about skin cancer prevention. Links to recent news articles appear below.