May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!
I think one of the best discussions about the prevention and detection of melanoma is from Doctor Mike Evans in this YouTube video:
It’s only 8 minutes long, but packed full of information.
Melanoma is deadly
And the numbers are increasing. Did you know:
- From 1970 to 2009, the incidence of melanoma increased by 800 percent among young women?
- One person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes?
- About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun?
- Tanning beds are considered as carcinogenic (cancer causing) as cigarettes and plutonium?
Please watch this video and share it with friends and family, especially teenagers who might be using tanning beds.
Take care of your skin this summer!
Here are some more posts related to skin cancer and skin health.
- Skin cancer screening guidelines
- Health care apps—Skin cancer detection
- What is the UV index?
- Be informed—What is SPF?
- First aid for sunburns
And for more information on all melanoma, other forms of skin cancer, and skin health in general, check out this link to the American Academy of Dermatology.