Firefighters are about three times as likely as the general population to get skin cancer, but with early detection, 98% of skin cancers are curable.
So now, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation is raising money to fund the DermSpectra: an imaging system to detect early changes in the skin.
The DermSpectra takes full body image screenings to monitor moles and changes in skin pigmentation. Firefighters could get these screenings regularly to detect skin cancer earlier.
The foundation needs about $80,000 more to fund this machine. If they can't raise the funds, the cost will have to be passed on to local fire departments.
Once paid for, the Well America Clinic will offer screenings for free to firefighters in over 30 departments across Southern Arizona.
If you'd like to learn more or donate, click HERE. Make sure to specify the donation is for the DermSpectra skin cancer screenings.