May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and one out of five Americans will develop it during their lifetime. However, when it’s caught early, skin cancer is very treatable and almost always curable, which is why it’s so important to raise awareness.
Skin Cancer Stats
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s estimated that more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Approximately 95 percent of cases are from exposure to ultra violet (UV) light—which shows just how easy it is to take steps to prevent it. In 2018, over 170,00 new cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has been diagnosed. Those with fairer skin are significantly more likely to be affected by melanoma; however, anyone can develop it regardless of skin color. Caucasians and men over 50 are at a heightened risk of melanoma, but this type of skin cancer is also seen in younger generations and is the second most common cancer in women between 15 and 29 years of age.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Preventing skin cancer may be easier than you think! Making smart decisions when spending any amount of time outside can highly diminish your risk of getting it. Always try to stay out of direct sunlight and stay in the shade so you can avoid burning. It takes just five or more sunburns throughout your lifetime to double your risk of developing melanoma, and just one severe sunburn during childhood can double your risk too.
Staying covered up with clothing is your strongest defense against UV radiation. Keeping your skin protected with long sleeve shirts, pants, a hat, and sunglasses whenever possible can keep harmful UV light from harming your outer layer. For those times when wearing multiple layers of clothing isn’t practical, always be sure to apply a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) physical sunblock with an SPF of 15 or higher. When outside for longer periods of time, use a sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and water-resistant, and reapply every two hours or after getting wet.
Give to the Cause
There are so many ways that you can aide in the fight against skin cancer. You can connect with the Skin Cancer Foundation and make a donation to help educate, prevent, and treat this all-too-common condition.
You can also give to the American Academy of Dermatology in their on-going research and free cancer screenings with the SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening Program.
Celebrate Skin Cancer Awareness Month at Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics
Dr. Hunsicker and her dedicated team are committed to raising awareness and education about skin cancer every month of the year. To learn more about the skincare services provided at Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics in Denver, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker today.