Today is Melanoma Monday: a day dedicated to raising awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, as well as a day to educate others about the importance of proper sun protection and early detection through skin checks. While we are a company committed to raising skin cancer awareness year-round, we are grateful for this additional exposure and the opportunity to do our part to help raise awareness!  In honor of this important day, we want to share with you some important information about skin cancer and melanoma:

  • Melanoma is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells and can appear on the skin suddenly without warning, or can develop in an existing mole
  • About 86% of melanomas can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun
  • Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, with one American dying from the disease every 57 minutes
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults age 25-29 and the second most common form of cancer for those age 15-29 years old
  • A person’s risk for developing melanoma doubles if he/she has had more than 5 sunburns

If detected and treated before it reaches the lymph nodes, melanoma has a 98% five –year survival rate.  This is why it is so important that everyone perform skin self-checks regularly, and consistently monitor skin for the ABCDE warning signs of melanoma. These are: 

  • Asymmetry –one half is unlike the other half
  • Border irregularity
  • Color –varying color, has shades of tan, brown or black, sometimes white, red, or blue
  • Diameter –typically greater than the size of a pencil eraser
  • Evolving –the mole changes in size, shape or color over time

If a spot on your skin changes, starts to itch or bleed, see a board-certified dermatologist RIGHT AWAY. For a detailed explanation on how to perform a skin self-exam, CLICK HERE.

The best way to avoid skin cancer is to PREVENT it from occurring by adequately protecting yourself from excessive UV radiation. This can be done safely without locking yourself away in a windowless attic somewhere…Here’s how:

  • Wear sun protective clothing (UPF certified 50+ is ideal) including a wide-brim hat and UV protective sunglasses
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to all exposed areas 30 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating heavily
  • Seek the shade during peak hours, 11AM-4PM
  • Do not use artificial tanning devices and do not sunbathe

In honor of this significant day, UV Skinz is offering 25% OFF EVERY ORDER placed through our website with coupon code “MELMON25.” This offer is valid for TODAY ONLY, so take advantage of this awesome deal, and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and loved ones from developing this deadly cancer. In addition to our Melanoma Monday offer, in conjunction with our Save a Baby’s Skin Campaign we will also include a FREE Baby Sun Shirt (12/24 mo) with every order placed during the month of May in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. 

Melanoma Monday 2015 Web-Slider

Sources:

Skin Cancer Foundation