To raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, and to encourage early detection through self-exams, the American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®.
- On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. In 2014, it is estimated that 9,710 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.
- Melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
- When caught early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.
Help spread the word in your community.
Take this quiz to test your knowledge on how to spot skin cancer:
- The best way to prevent skin cancer, including melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is to limit exposure to the sun. True or False?
- Getting a base tan is a healthy way to protect my skin from sun damage. True or False?
- When shopping for sunscreen, a product with SPF 30 provides twice the protection as an SPF 15. True or False?
- I should apply sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy or cold outside. True or False?
- Skin cancer can be easily treated when caught early. True or False?
- When checking my skin for skin cancer, I should only look for new moles or spots. True or False?
- When checking my skin, I need to look over my entire body, even parts of my body that do not get regular sun exposure, like the soles of my feet. True or False?
- Only fair-skinned people have to be concerned about skin cancer. True or False?