May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection/Prevention Month…Early Detection Increases Chances for Survival
One in every five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime and every hour…one person in America dies from skin cancer. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and it is preventable/treatable.
May has been designated as National Skin Cancer Awareness month by several organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, Skin Cancer Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Dermatology. I won’t belabor the facts…just want to remind you of them and offer some helpful and important tips for skin cancer prevention.
Review of Skin Cancer Facts
-During the month of May we try to raise the public awareness of the importance of prevention, early detection and immediate treatment of skin cancer.
They are: 1) basal cell, 2) squamous cell 3) melanoma.
-More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 2 million people.
-Melanoma (unlike other cancers) has a wide age distribution…it occurs in young people & seniors.
-Rates of occurrence increase with age- they are highest among 80 years olds.
-One bad burn during childhood doubles the risk for getting melanoma skin cancer later in life.
-Skin cancer is the most deadly for African Americans, Asians & Latinos.
Everyone is at risk…but some people with certain factors are more likely than others to develop skin cancer. The risks include:
Lighter natural color skin
Family history of skin cancer
Personal history of skin cancer
Exposure to the sun through work & play
History of sunburns early in life
Skin that burns easily freckles, reddens easily or becomes painful in the sun
Blue or Green eyes
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PROTECTION/PREVENTION
1. AVOID the sun between 10am and 2pm…this is the when the rays are at their peak
2. Damage occurs all day long…so be wise and use sunscreen or sunblock
3. Take more precautions when it is hot, humid and windy as these conditions enhance harmful effects of UV rays
4. Cloudy days are dangerous days…we tend to be out more, longer and use less protection. Understand that UV Rays pierce the clouds and cause serious damage (burns)
5. TANS are NOT healthy! No tan, whether from sun exposure or tanning beds, is healthy. The darkened skin is merely a protective measure (performed by your skin). It provides only minimal levels of protection and does not cancel out the need for using other sun protective methods.
6. Short Term Symptoms of over exposure include: blistering, peeling, tanning
7. Long Term Symptoms= increased risk for skin cancer along with dry, wrinkled skin.
Early diagnosis & immediate treatment of melanoma cancer can mean the difference between life and death.
Please read and heed this important information.
Ask us to recommend top of the line products to protect your precious skin…and allow you to enjoy your fun in the sun.
Dr. Steven Davison
At DAVinci…I combine the supreme elements of art & surgical science.