Allied Health Outreach

Allied Health Outreach

State Department



SunWise Skin Prevention School Program


California Department of Public Health Skin Cancer Prevention


Sun Safe Colorado Program

New Mexico

The Rays Project Skin Cancer Prevention: A priority for New Mexico children

Get involved in your community today!
Contact the department of health services in your state
for more information on the skin cancer prevention
programs and ways you can help.

What is Allied Health?

  • Allied Health is a committee within DIGA whose mission is to advocate for skin cancer prevention and early detection by educating allied health professionals and personal appearance workers about the clinical signs and appearance of skin cancers.

Allied Health Professionals:

  • The United States Department of Labor reports that barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers held approximately 821,900 jobs in 2008 – including about 684,200 barber and cosmetologist positions, 76,000 manicurists and pedicurists, 38,800 skin care specialists, and 22,900 shampooers. Furthermore, positions for personal appearance workers are expected to grow by 20% from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Allied Health Professionals and Personal Appearance Workers can help play an important role in skin cancer prevention by:

  • Paying attention to suspicious moles or lesions on their client’s skin
  • Suggesting that their client see a dermatologist to evaluate for early signs of cutaneous disease including SCC, BCC, and melanoma.

Educate other professionals in close contact with skin:
  • There is a dramatic rise in the number of cases of melanoma in women age 20-30. Researchers speculate that this is due to increased tanning bed use in adolescence.

How can you help? 
  • Contact teachers at your local high schools and prepare a presentation for high school students regarding risks of tanning-bed use and skin cancer prevention.
  • Download the available resources to provide educational materials to other allied health professionals 
  • Work together with members of your local DIG to contact local hair salons, beauty schools, spa facilities, manicurists, and pedicurists. to see if they would be interested in hearing a presentation about Skin Cancer Prevention.
  • Offer to give a 20-30 min PowerPoint presentation on the importance of skin cancer prevention and the identification of suspicious lesions.

Early detection of skin cancer saves lives!

For more information on ways you can help out in your community,
please contact