Did you know skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world? May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in America with a focus on education, prevention, and early detection.
TYPES OF SKIN CANCER
There are many types of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, while Melanoma is the deadliest. Your risk of melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than 5 sunburns in your life.
In the U.S., skin cancer kills two people every hour, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. One in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
Yet there’s hope: When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%. For all types of skin cancer, early treatment is highly effective and saves lives.
HOW TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER
In order to help prevent skin cancer, you should:
- Check your entire body once a month
- Call our office if you see something new, changing, or unusual
- See Dr. Bellman annually for skin checks
- Protect your skin from UV radiation
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 85% of melanoma cases and 90% of non-melanoma cases are linked to sun exposure. Prevent your risk by following these practices:
- Apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher with broad-spectrum protection
- Apply water-resistant sunscreen every two hours
- Stay in shaded areas, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear loose long-sleeves, pants, and a hat
PREVENTION SAVES LIVES
About 99% of all skin cancer cases are curable if they are detected and treated early. Complacency contributes to skin cancer deaths. You can help to lower your risk and safeguard your health by following these important safety measures.