1. Rosacea Awareness: March. Throughout the month, the National Rosacea Society will conduct extensive public education activities to increase awareness of rosacea and the need for early diagnosis and treatment. "Rosacea Awareness" pins are available to rosacea sufferers at no charge from the NRS to encourage others to learn about this little-known but common disorder. For more information, visit www.rosacea.org.
2. Vitiligo Awareness: April. The American Vitiligo Research Foundation (AVRF) raises awareness for vitiligo on its website (www.avrf.org) by giving voice to those with the disease. Kids, teens, and adults all share their personal stories of having and living with vitiligo. Also on the site are facts about the disease, information on a variety of treatments, and up-to-date news and resource sections.
3. Skin Cancer Awareness: May. To bolster education and promote screenings, the American Academy of Dermatology features a virtual press office on its website (www.aad.org) for media (notify your community news reporter). Also, the website for the AAD-sponsored Melanoma Monday (www.melanomamonday.org) allows individuals to learn how to perform self-examinations, as well as where they can attend free skin cancer screenings. In addition, the site contains a “Mole Map” which uses the ABCDEs of melanoma to guide patients on what to look for when they selfexamine their skin.
4. Acne Awareness: June. In 2009, the National Acne and Rosacea Society (NARS), established the first national awareness month for acne. The group organized an online CME event, a webinar spanning the month featuring presentations by noted speakers on a variety of topics, including pediatric acne and controversies concerning P. acnes resistance. The NARS has not yet released information on the 2010 Acne Awareness month. Visit www.acnesociety.org for updates.
5. Psoriasis Awareness: August.The National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month each year to raise awareness and educate the public that psoriasis is not contagious. The NPF solicits the help of physicians and patients alike to partake in education efforts and spread the word, such as teaching that, “pools are for recreation, not discrimination.” For more information, visit the www.psoriasis.org.