Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. and worldwide and is the most deadly form of skin cancer.  The American Cancer Society estimates that about 77,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States during 2013. Melanoma is epidemic: rising faster than any other cancer and projected to affect one person in 50 by 2013.  Every hour of every day someone dies from Melanoma. Exposure to tanning beds before age 30 increases a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

These numbers are not to scare you, but to make you aware. Awareness is the first step to prevention.

According to the recommendations of The Skin Cancer Foundation: 

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid intentional tanning and indoor tanning beds.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
  • Apply 1 ounce (a shot-glassful) of sunscreen to your entire body 15  minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam. 

 

Information is provided by the American Cancer Society as well as Melanoma Research Foundation.