The Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington helps to battle skin cancer in one of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Each year Dr. Skelsey and her staff volunteer at the Australian Embassy Health Fair where they do skin cancer screenings for embassy personnel.


Australia and New Zealand have one of the highest incidence and mortality rates of melanoma in the world, according to Australia’s Department of Health and Aging. Fair-skinned populations that migrated from Britain and Europe to areas with high levels of solar ultraviolet radiation like Australia and New Zealand, have experienced a jump in the incidence of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.*
This year Physician’s Assistant Cynthia Wallace performed more than 30 full body scans at the October 30 fair.

Australians battle skin cancer on their own turf with ongoing research and a preventative program worth noting here in the US: Australian researchers recently released a study abstract revealing that Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, significantly reduces the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancers among people who have had a previous basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.

One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council Australia in 1980. Sid the seagull, wearing board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap-danced his way across TV screens singing a catchy jingle to remind viewers of three easy ways of protecting against skin cancer.

Slip, Slop, Slap! It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that Slip, Slop, Slap! In the sun we always say “Slip Slop Slap!” Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat, Slip, Slop, Slap! You can stop skin cancer – say: “Slip, Slop, Slap!”

*National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University




Don’t miss Dr. Maral Skelsey, Mohs surgeon on the PBS Vocal Point special “Cancer in Minorities” which airs on WHUT TV.

  • Thursday, September 24 at 8:30 AM
  • Saturday September 27 at 8:00 AM
  • Monday, September 28 at 8:30 AM
  • Thursday, October 1 at 9:00PM

Please check your local TV listings for the channel in your area.
Maral Kibarian Skelsey, MD, is Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which specializes in Mohs Surgery. Dr. Skelsey also serves as Director of Dermatologic Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center and is Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.



Dr-Maral-Skelsey-Isabelle-Goetz,-The hair stylists of the Izzy Salon in Georgetown recently participated in a Skin Cancer Foundation skin cancer awareness program presented by Maral Kibarian Skelsey, MD, Washington, DC skin cancer specialist and MOHS surgeon. The ‘Heads Up’ program encourages dermatologists and beauty professionals to partner to help battle the US skin cancer epidemic.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. In January 2015 the Centers for Disease Control reported that the cost of treating skin cancer outpaced treatment costs for all other cancers combined by 5-fold from 2002 to 2011.

Izzy Salon owner, Isabelle Goetz, says she supports the program because her stylists regularly see areas of the skin, the scalp, ears and necks that clients don’t see. She adds that her clients also tend to be very busy people and probably would not notice a possible cancer. “In fact, several of our stylists have taken it upon themselves to suggest that a client see a dermatologist,” says Ms. Goetz “The program is saving lives,” adds Dr. Skelsey who is medical director of the Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington in Chevy Chase, Maryland. “I’ve had several referrals from hair stylists. One patient had an advanced melanoma on her scalp that she was totally unaware of. The referral saved her from a life threatening situation.”

Dr. Skelsey also serves as Director of Dermatologic Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center and is clinical associate professor of dermatology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. World renowned Isabelle Goetz Celebrity Hairstylist was professionally trained in France, then in 1993 Isabelle was recruited to work in the United States. Through more than two decades cutting and styling hair, Isabelle has earned a stellar reputation with devoted high profile political clientele and celebrities alike.

The ‘Heads Up’ program is free to interested salons. Please contact Adrienne Cea at the Skin Cancer Foundation at 212-725-5176 x114 or by email at