According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one person dies of melanoma every hour (every 54 minutes). An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017.
According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Below are 5 surprising skin cancer facts everyone needs to know this summer:
1. Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 and younger.
2. Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma.
3. Melanoma survivors have an approximately nine-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma compared to the general population.
4. Men and women with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than people without a nonmelanoma skin cancer history.
5. Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men, but by age 65, rates are twice as high in men.
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declares today (the Friday before Memorial Day) as "Don't Fry Day." This day is to encourage sun safety awareness throughout the world.
"To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors."
They recommend these top sun safety tips:
- Do Not Burn or Tan
- Seek Shade
- Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
- Get Vitamin D Safely
Read more on the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention website here & have a sun safe weekend ahead!
Credit: National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
We've talked about the ABCDE's of Melanoma before, but with this month being Melanoma Awareness Month we decided to refresh your memory and take a look at exactly what these letters mean.
These characteristics are used by dermatologists to classify melanoma. Look for these particular signs: Asymmetry, irregular Borders, more than one or uneven distribution of Color, or a large (greater than 6mm) Diameter, and Evolution of the mole.
AXA PPP healthcare, a healthcare insurance firm, devised this video to help remember the ABCDE's.
Take a look at your skin and thoroughly exam every mole and spot. Contact your dermatologist if you see something spacious.
The most common place for a melanoma to develop in a woman is on the legs; whereas for men it is on the chest or back.
When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) 2017 SPOT Skin Cancer campaign is called “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself" and is encouraging women to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer.
When detected early, melanoma is highly treatable. According to AAD, "Research has shown that women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others, which means women could help save their partners' lives by helping them spot skin cancer. This is especially important for men over 50 as they have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population."
READ: Skin Screening 101
Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in a fun, easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma.
This May, and throughout the entire summer, we encourage you to practice sun safety and schedule an annual skin exam with your dermatologist.