May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  Here are some facts by the American Academy of Dermatology:

 

  • An estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
  • Nearly 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
  • On average, one American dies from melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer every hour.
  • The five-year survival rate for melanoma when detected and treated in its early stages is 98%.
  • Research shows that women are 9x more likely than men to find melanoma on others.

 

The American Academy of Dermatology’s 2017 SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign — “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself” — is encouraging women to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer. When detected early, skin cancer — including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer —  is highly treatable. 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.

If you notice any suspicious spots on your skin or your partner's skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.

To help you promote the importance of Safe Sun and the prevention of skin cancer, in addition to the American Academy of Dermatology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a toolkit with resources that you can download and disseminate to your personal and professional contacts.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/toolkit/index.htm and https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/badges.htm for these promotional materials and https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/programs/skin-cancer-awareness-month.   Attached is an information piece to network.

Another great resource is the Enright Melanoma Foundation and the availability of their free Apply Cover Enjoy™ online sun certification course.  By taking this course, in less than 20 minutes, an individual, youth, young adult, middle age, and/or older adults can be educated and certified in sun safety. The importance of an individual becoming sun safety certified is for them to start making healthier choices when it comes to sun safety and share their knowledge with friends and family. Fortunately skin cancer is preventable but unfortunately more than 1 out of every 3 Americans reports getting sunburned each year. Sunburn is a clear sign of overexposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays, a major cause of skin cancer.

The programs are for ages 5 and over, and are designed by skin cancer professionals from the Enright Melanoma Foundation. The courses are taught through an advanced e-learning platform with engaging visuals, a healthy dose of creativity, proven instructional methods, and a highly interactive user experience. All of which makes learning about sun safety FUN and EASY.

To take the free online Enright Melanoma Foundation Certification Program™, visit www.applycoverenjoy.org.  Upon completion, the learner can print a certificate to demonstrate sun safety proficiency, and is then encouraged to share with friends and family to become certified as well.

Please use these resources to spread the word about sun safety in relation to the prevention of skin cancer.  Get the message out to all but don’t neglect your own health and please continue and/or develop sun safety behaviors!  Don’t just “talk the talk” but “walk the walk” on the prevention of skin cancer.