Melanoma 101: The Signs, Symptoms and Preventative Measures

We think this article from SkinInc. is full of some great information! It not only points out important choices you should make when going out in the sun, but also the importance of daily sunscreen.

“Spring is in full swing, which means we’re all in the business of spending a lot more time outdoors. The snow has cleared from areas of the country that are subject to cold winters, and, in general, temperatures are on the rise as summer starts to set in all around us. With that, it’s time to stock up on your sunscreen.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a longstanding recognized month on the calendar, which was put into place by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). This nationally recognized time of year is when we continue our quest of spreading awareness and encourage every person to treat skin health as a routine. Thus, it’s only fair we get down to the facts.

Melanoma Quick Facts

Give Me the Guidelines

Those last couple of bullets are vital. The importance of early detection is vast and, quite frankly, imperative. The five-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin is about 97%. The five-year survival rate falls to 15-20% for those with advanced disease.

What are the Risks for Melanoma Skin Cancer?

This Melanoma Awareness Month, take a moment and think about how you can take better care of your skin. It doesn’t take much to make a lasting and potentially lifesaving impact.”

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