MAY IS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH
Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the cells that produce the skin coloring or protective pigment in your skin called melanin. Melanin protects you for the harmful rays of the sun. Each year more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Melanoma, the most dangerous form of Skin Cancer. When detected early, Melanoma is curable. It is important to check your skin routinely for and report them to your Dermatologist. You should also schedule an annual skin check with your doctor.
LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR! Listen to the interview by clicking the link below.
Are You Aware?…
- Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.
- Every hour of every day someone dies from melanoma.
- It is estimated that there will be 77,000 melanoma diagnoses and nearly 10,000 deaths this year.
- Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide.
- Melanoma does not discriminate by age, gender or race. Everyone is at risk.
- Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30 and the second leading cause of cancer death in women ages 30-35.
- In ages 15-29, melanoma is the second most common cancer.
- The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50% in women since 1980.
- It is most common in men over age 50 – even more than colon, prostate and lung cancer.
- It is estimated that approximately 90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to UV light and sunlight.
- It takes only one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to more than double a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.
Don’t put yourself at risk. Protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun and be aware of changes in your skin.
Watch this important message about Melanoma from our friends at the American Academy of Dermatology: