The commonness of skin cancer is particularly frustrating because it’s largely preventable, but so many do not take it seriously. The most obvious way is by avoiding sun exposure, which causes more than 90 percent of all skin cancers.
Skin cancer isn’t anything to be complacent about. It’s the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million cases diagnosed annually. Did you know, 1 in 5 Americans and 1 in 3 Caucasians will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The most startling fact is that more than 20 people die from this disease each day.
While the two most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma they both tend to be less severe or aggressive, but can still bedeadly. Melanoma is the most dangerous form with nearly 60,000 diagnosed this year, with almost 8,110 resulting in death.
Many do not know this however a person’s risk for skin cancer doubles with 5 or more sunburns during their lifetime. With just 1 blistering sunburn in childhood your changes more than doubles the risk for developing melanoma later in life.
So for us “Desert Rats”, wearing sunscreen can be a lifesaver – literally!
- Know your skin and perform regular self-exams to increase the chance of discovering skin cancer early on, because when it is it will be most treatable.
- Familiarize yourself with your bodies patternof moles, freckles and other marks on the skin so if there are any changes you can alert your Dermatologist.
- Remember if you notice a new growth, or a spot that seems to be growing larger or a sore that doesn’t heal and call Contour Dermatology right away to schedule a skin exam.
You can never be too safe when protecting yourself against the most common form of cancer.