May is here – which means it’s officially Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month! According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma kills nearly 9,000 people in a year in the U.S. alone. May is one of the hottest months of the year. This makes it the optimal time to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer.
With 5.4 million cases and more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. The primary cause of this deadly disease is ultraviolet (UV) rays that come from the sun, tanning booths, and sunlamps. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and the deadliest of all – melanoma.
Although this potentially deadly cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans, there is good news: skin cancer can almost always be cured when detected and treated early. To help the lives of millions, it’s important to use this month to spread the word about the seriousness of skin cancer and help others to prevent it.
This month we’re relying on YOU to help raise awareness and save lives. Here are some ways you can help:
Spread the Word
If skin cancer has affected you or someone close to you, share your story on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Your experience can be the wake-up call for many people who find skin cancer insignificant. Urge your loved ones to share your story as much as they can so it reaches as many people as possible. Don’t forget to use hashtags like #SkinCancerAwareness and #MelanomaMonth to create a powerful community that people can follow.
Urge those around you to adopt good skin cancer prevention habits. Applying sunscreen daily – SPF 30 or higher – and limiting your time in the sun can make all the difference. Remember, early detection gives you the best chance of survival. So be strong – advocate for annual skin-screenings and monthly self skin-checks.
Ignorance and lack of understanding are huge reasons why people get skin cancer and find treatment too late. Share some of our educational material with your family, friends, and colleagues to help educate themselves and their loved ones. MoleSafe has tons of material on melanoma, skin cancer, and known risks.
We can’t stop people from going outside and soaking in the sun, but we can raise awareness about skin cancer and its potentially fatal consequences. Fighting skin cancer can’t be done alone. Use this month to spread the word, encourage good skin safety habits, and educate those around you.