Melanoma Monday is May 1st

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MAY
Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Know the Facts and Reduce Your Risks

Monday, May 1, 2017 is Melanoma Monday and the entire month of May is dedicated to increasing awareness of the dangers of Melanoma and all skin cancers, including Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Know the Facts:

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime.
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
  • It is estimated that nearly 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
  • More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
  • Actinic keratosis is the most common pre-cancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
  • On average, a person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour. (every 54 minutes)
  • Survivors of melanoma are about nine times as likely as the general population to develop a new melanoma.

Reduce Your Risks of Skin Cancer:

  • Avoid exposure to ultra-violet rays of the sun and do not use tanning beds.
  • Seek shade and wear sun protective clothing, such as long sleeves and broad-rimmed hats.
  • Apply a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen daily and re-apply every two hours when exposure is prolonged.
  • Have full skin exams once a year at your dermatologist's office, more frequently if you have previous incidence of skin cancer.
  • If you notice growth or changes in moles or other places on your skin, have them checked by a dermatologist right away.

For more facts about Melanoma and skin cancer, visit skincancer.org

Contact us today to schedule your full skin exam.