Skin cancer is the most common cancer in America. Our goal is to help prevent melanoma by creating awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers and educating our community about preventive measures that reduce melanoma’s incidence rate. Be smart and learn the ABCDE’s of Melanoma! Some important facts about Melanoma:
- It is estimated that 1 in 50 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.
- Melanoma is on the rise more than any other cancer.
- One person dies nearly every hour from melanoma.
- Melanoma affects people of every age and every race.
- The incidence rate for children is increasing.
Sun Safety Tips
- Generously apply sunscreen that protects you from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Wear protective clothing such as hats and long sleeves.
- Seek the shade between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
- Be aware that water, sand, or snow reflect the sun’s rays.
- Get vitamin D safely through diet and vitamins, not from the sun.
- Avoid tanning beds.
- Perform skin self exams monthly.
- Visit one of our dermatologists annually for a complete skin exam.