Through the Skin Cancer Foundation, we host Heads up events to provide beauty professionals, including hair stylists and aestheticians, tips on spotting skin cancers and on how to speak to their clients if they spot a suspicious lesion. If you know a group that is interested in a Skin Cancer Awareness presentation, corporate skin cancer screening or heads up event, feel free to have them contact us.
May is skin cancer awareness month. Here are a few facts about skin cancer that highlight why our mission to prevent and cure skin cancer is so important to us:
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.
- For those who live to age 65, almost 50% will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.
- Each year more skin cancers are diagnosed than all other cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon combined.
- In the past 30 years more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
- Every hour (54 minutes) someone in the US dies of melanoma.
- Melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25-29 years old (and the second most common in people 15-29 years old).
- More people get skin cancer from tanning than get lung cancer from smoking.
- If you have ever tanned, you have a 69 percent risk of developing basal cell carcinoma before age 40.
Help us prevent skin cancer by protecting yourself from the sun and by not tanning! If you see a spot on your skin that you are uncertain about, please see a dermatologist.
Today, May 1, 2017 is Melanoma Monday. A day set aside to honor and remember those whom melanoma has taken from us and those who still battle this deadliest of skin cancers. As melanoma rates continue to rise, it is also a time to raise awareness about Melanoma. Bringing light to this issue will help those who develop melanoma recognize it early and seek help and help many adopt practices that may prevent it. Please help us spread the word today & everyday.