Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 02, 2016 under

All of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, but on the first Monday of May we focus specifically on melanoma awareness.

Why is there a day dedicated specifically to melanoma? Melanoma gets its own day of awareness because of the 3 main types of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous. Left untreated, it can metastasize to other parts of the body and it can kill. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people in the US will die of melanoma. That’s about one person every hour!

 

Here are 5 must-know facts about Melanoma from the Skin Cancer Foundation

#1: While Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases, it results in the vast majority of skin cancer deaths

#2: Of the 7 most common cancers in the US, melanoma is the only one whose incidence is increasing (by nearly 2% per year!)

#3: UV exposure (sun or tanning) causes about 86% of melanomas

#4: Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 years, and the second most common cancer for young people aged 15-29 years

#5: The 5-year survival rate for melanoma detected in-situ is 98%. This drops to 63% if the melanoma reaches the lymph nodes, and then to16% once it has spread to distant organs.

Please take care of your skin & spread awareness to your friends & family. Let’s work together for a healthier future!

 

For More Facts & Information, please visit:

Skin Cancer Foundation: http://www.skincancer.org/

Melanoma Research Foundation: http://www.melanoma.org/understand-melanoma

 

American Academy of Dermatology: https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/melanoma

BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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