The Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer was founded in 2004 by two local dermatologists who were concerned about the epidemic numbers of skin cancer diagnoses in our state, especially in an increasing number in the younger population. These two physicians realized that there were several national groups that were dedicated to raising awareness about skin cancer but there was no one actively advocating sun safety and skin cancer screenings in Arkansas.
During 2007, AFSC hired its first staff and assembled its first full working board. We are extremely excited about our new opportunities as we work together to increase public awareness of skin cancer in Arkansas by educating citizens about detection, prevention and effective treatment.
As skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, we are dedicating the majority of our initial efforts to educating children about the dangers of sun exposure. We hope to ensure that future generations do not experience this disease in the epidemic proportions we now face and to increase the number of screenings across the state. A few of our current programs include awareness projects on the UV Index (with the support of KATV Channel 7), educational programming for children (with the help of the Arkansas Education Association), increasing the number of skin cancer screenings (with the assistance of CARTI) and educating health professionals on new information, research results and techniques through our annual Nurses Skin Care Conference.
Thank you for your interest in the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer. We sincerely hope that you find the information on our webpage helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further assistance or would like any additional information.