This May, we will be discussing topics related to skin cancer – prevention, risk factors & what to look for as well as the different types of skin cancer & their treatments. To start us off, here are some important facts and statistics about skin cancer.
*1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime
*Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old, and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old
*On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
*Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but are very treatable if detected early; these two forms of skin cancer have a 95% cure rate if discovered early & treated
*Melanoma is the most deadly kind of skin cancer. If detected early, melanoma is very treatable with a cure rate of 98%. If not detected until after the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, the five-year cure rate becomes 62% for regional stage melanomas and 15% for distant stage melanomas.
*Approximately 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime
*The major risk factor for skin cancer is exposure to UV light – typically from the sun or from tanning beds. Daily use of sunscreen has been shown to cut the incidence of melanoma in half.
Skin cancer is one of the more avoidable cancers because we know the major causes. Proper sun safety habits (including using sunscreen, staying out of direct sunlight during the sun’s peak hours, avoiding tanning beds etc) can greatly reduce the likelihood of getting skin cancer; we just need to get the word out there about how important sun safety is! Join us on Tuesday for our blog post about how to be safe in the sun – best practices & what to avoid to protect your skin and lower your risk of skin cancer!
There are two main campaigns this month about skin cancer awareness, detection & prevention. Please check out & share this blog and the websites below with your family & friends so we can move towards a world without skin cancer! (Click on the image to go to the website)
The American Academy of Dermatology has a SPOT Skin Cancer campaign in effect this month. At this website, you can find a lot of excellent information and resources. #SPOTskincancer
The Melanoma Research Foundation is featuring a #GetNaked campaign encouraging people to get their yearly skin check to catch melanoma & other skin cancers early, before they become deadly. Check out this website for more information on spreading the word!
**Also, this month, while supplies last, we are giving out wristbands that change colors when exposed to UV light to help you be aware of the power of the sun’s rays! If you have an appointment this month, ask for one at the front desk!**