Skin Cancer Awareness

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month offers the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers the chance to remind everyone in Southern Nevada to get ready to reduce skin cancer risks. Taking care of our skin is important all year long, but with the summer months coming soon, and bringing hotter temperatures with them, it’s time for everyone to step up their skin care regimens.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with more than three million people diagnoses annually. Of those cases, many are melanoma, which is especially challenging and is responsible for more deaths than other forms of skin cancer.

While skin cancer is America’s most common cancer, the good news is that it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 85 percent of melanoma cases are directly associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. By sharing facts about the dangers of unprotected exposure and encouraging people to check their skin for warning signs, Comprehensive Cancers believes we can and will save lives.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month began as National Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Week, a House Joint Resolution signed by President Reagan in March 1985. It was later moved to the month of May. In 1995, the American Academy of Dermatology launched Melanoma Monday, aka “Melanoma Self-Exam Day,” on the first Monday in May. Don’t Fry Day, a campaign by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to encourage skin protection and sun safety, began on May 29, 2009, and is observed every year on the Friday before Memorial Day, which this year will be May 28.

The month has been very helpful in raising awareness about skin cancer, as well as the understanding that skin cancer can be preventable.

Get Better Informed During with Skin Cancer Foundation’s Virtual Gala

For those interested in participating in Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, this year, the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala is a virtual event, taking place on May 11 from 3:30 – 4:15 PM PDT. Registration is free and gives participants an opportunity to see first-hand how their support changes and saves lives every day. The Foundation hopes that you’ll join them online for a very special 45-minute program to celebrate progress in the fight against skin cancer, by registering here.

If you’re unable to make the virtual gala, and learn about how to identify skin cancer early and reduce skin cancer risks, the following offers simple ways to become better informed:

How to Identify Skin Cancer Risks & Reduce Risks

The following factors increase your skin cancer risk

  • Indoor tanning
  • Sunburns
  • Skin type (those with fair skin at higher risks)
  • Unprotected exposure to UVA & UVB rays
  • Genetics
  • Atypical moles
  • Having red hair

The following can help decrease your skin cancer risk:

  • Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30+ everyday, all year
  • Wearing sun protective clothing
  • Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses & wide-brimmed hats
  • Seeking shade whenever possible when outdoors
  • Getting protective window film in your car and home
  • Getting annual skin exams with your physician
  • Conducting monthly self-exams

While precautions are a great way to reduce risks of skin cancer and melanoma, should you find any irregular moles, or anything questionable, make sure to visit your physician right away to take a look. The earlier you find something, the better your prospects for successful treatment outcomes. And if your physician sees something troubling, be sure to insist on a referral to Comprehensive Cancer Centers for a complete evaluation.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients who’ve been referred to the practice for skin cancer or melanoma, with all treatments being done in Southern Nevada.  To schedule an appointment with the team Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.