MAY IS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH

 

MAY IS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH

Reminding friends & loved ones that black is the typical color of a Melanoma mole!

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MELANOMA FACTS

 

  • One person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes even though Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases.
  • Researchers project in the US an estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in 2015.
  • 1 in 50 men & women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime.
  • Melanoma accounts for 6% of cancer cases in teens 15-19 years old.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns and most Americans report at least one sunburn in the last 12 months
  • Your risk of getting melanoma increases by 80 percent during your lifetime if you sustained 5 or more sunburns during your youth.
  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.

 

Remember:   PREVENT. DETECT. LIVE.

If caught early Melanoma can be cured!