In October 2018, at the invitation of the Los Angeles Firefighters Union and the Los Angeles Fire Department Chief, Keck Medicine of USC began providing free skin cancer screenings to firefighters and their families.

Faculty and residents from the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Dermatology travel to fire houses to provide the screenings and offer information about keeping their skin safe from sun exposure.  

Firefighters are known to have a higher incidence of skin cancer. So far, 374 firefighters and their family members have participated, and 89 have been referred to see a physician for further consultation.

— Amanda Busick