- -Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.
- -1 in 50 Americans will develop skin cancer in their life.
- -Most common types:
Basal Cell Carcinoma: The most common skin Cancer; 2.8 million cases per year
Squamous Cell Carcinoma: 700 thousand cases per year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.
Melanoma: 76 thousand cases per year, resulting in approximately 9,700 deaths. This is the most deadly of skin cancers! Curable when detected early. Limited treatment for advanced disease.
- -90% of all skin cancers are UV radiation induced
- -Risk of Melanoma doubles if someone has more than 5 sunburns in their lifetime.
Know Your Moles!
- A: Asymmetry: Melanoma lesions are typically irregular in shape (asymmetrical); and benign (noncancerous) moles are typically round (symmetrical).
- B: Border Irregularity: Melanoma lesions often have irregular borders, such as ragged or notched edges; benign moles have smooth, even borders.
- C: Color Variation: Melanoma lesions often contain many shades of brown or black; benign moles are usually a single shade of brown.
- D: Diameter: Melanoma lesions are often more than 1⁄4 inch or 6mm in diameter; benign moles are usually less than 1⁄4 inch or <6 mm in diameter
- E: Evolving or Changing
Self Skin Exams
- Take the time to check your skin
- Have a loved one help in areas you cannot easily see
- SEE YOUR LOCAL FRIENDLY DERMATOLOGIST ANNUALLY
SUN PROTECTION TIPS
- Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting your skin from UV damage:
- Use of broad spectrum sunscreen, which is protection from UVA and UVB rays, every day. Start using it on your children as early as 6 months old.
- Reapply sunscreen, including waterproof sunscreens every 2 hours, especially if swimming or sweating.
- Heliocare Supplement
- Avoidance of peak sun hours (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Cover up with long pants and long sleeved shirt.
- Tightly woven, dark colored fabrics give more protection
- Wear a 4 inch wide, broad brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection -Support anti-tanning bed legislation
- Pale is the new tan!