Melanoma is a scary term. No one wants to get cancer and it's important to do what we can to prevent it. A couple of years ago melanoma was discovered at my 6 month check-up at the dermatologist. Because I'm cautious and go to the dermatologist frequently they were able to diagnose the problem before it got out of hand. The Promise Foundation is about warning people of this fast growing problem. They have provided some helpful information that will hopefully prevent you or someone you love from getting skin cancer.
Melanoma facts that may astound you:
- Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S.
- One American dies of melanoma every hour
- One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old
- There have been no significant advances in the survival rate in the last 30 years
- If caught in the early stages, melanoma is treatable, with a survival rate of 100%
- The majority of melanoma is caused by UV light and sun exposure
- Exposure to tanning beds before the age 30 increases the risk of developing melanoma by 75%
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, on average, a child's exposure to the sun is three times that of an adult
- Just one bad blistering sunburn during childhood can more than double the risk of melanoma later in life
Research shows and association between sunburn and melanoma. Here are some way to protect yourself:
- Avoid tanning beds
- Avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) rays are most intense
- Wear a hat with a brim wide enough to shade the face, ears and neck, and clothes that cover as much as possible of the arms, legs and torso
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Re-apply frequently.
- Fulfill a Vitamin D deficiency through changes in your diet and supplements. Do not seek sun or tanning beds.
- Know your skin, examine it regularly and schedule an annual skin screening by your doctor