The American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May–Melanoma Monday. Its simple purpose is to increase public awareness about Melanoma. Melanoma is a very aggressive form of skin cancer and occurs when uncontrolled growth of pigment producing cells spread rapidly to other areas of the body. Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers, but if not detected early it is 75% more deadly.
- Over 2 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
- One in five Americans will contract skin cancer during their lives.
- While many common cancer rates are falling, the melanoma rate continues to grow at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers. Between 1992 and 2004, melanoma incidence increased 45%.
- One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of melanoma later in life.
- Those who use tanning beds a handful of times per year in their youth risk up to a 75% higher likelihood of developing melanoma in their lifetimes.
No tan is worth your life!
What can you do today?
- Find a free skin cancer screening in your area!
- Learn and practice healthy sun-protection habits–everyday! A few easy ones to remember are; seek shade during 10am-4pm when the sun is at its highest point, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, gear-up with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and uv-protective clothing.
- Conduct your own regular Skin Cancer Self-Exam:
Use this chart below to use while you do your regular inspection to detect changes in its appearance. Look over your entire body, including your back, your scalp, the soles of your feet, between your toes and the palms of your hands. See a dermatologist immediately if you notice anything suspicious.
You can also join us through out the whole month May in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month as we take on a challenge to gift 7,500 baby UV Skinz swim shirts. Our 5th annual “Save A Baby’s Skin” campaign donates a special edition 12/24mo Baby Skinz “What’s A Sunburn” swim shirt with every order purchased! It is our hope that no child should ever know what a sunburn is or what one feels like. Protecting our children from becoming the one in five Americans who will be diagnosed with skin cancer within their lifetimes starts from day one!
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