I am not a reckless person. I never even tried a cigarette. For the most part, I’ve always been a “good girl.” And now that I’m a mom, I am definitely going to emphasize that for the sake of my son. Although I will admit that I was not always the best at applying sunscreen.
And statistics are just that – numbers- until you personally know someone who has experienced it. I do have a few special people in my life that have had to battle melanoma and for that reason I must blog about this important topic as .
May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer, including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 2 million people.
Skin Cancer Facts
- In 2012, about 76,250 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 44,250 in men and 32,000 in women). Incidence rates for melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years.
- Unlike many other common cancers, melanoma has a wide age distribution. It occurs in younger as well as older people. Rates continue to increase with age and are highest among those in their 80s, but melanoma is not uncommon even among those younger than 30. In fact, it is one of the more common cancers in young adults. Early diagnosis is the key to curing this potentially deadly disease, and diagnostic tools are playing a crucial role in aiding dermatologists to spot melanomas at earlier – and more curable – stages.
- Melanoma is more than 10 times more common in whites than in African Americans.
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the United States. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.
- Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
- Between 40% and 50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.
- Who survives skin cancer? The survival rate for patients, whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, is about 97%. The survival rate falls to 15% for those with advanced disease.
When: May 9th, 2012 11am -4 pm
Where: Lincoln Center 62nd St between Broadway and Columbus, New York, NY
Who: Dr. Ritu Saini will conduct screenings 11am -1 pm
Dr.Joshua Zeichner will conduct screenings 12pm -2pm
Dr.Rebecca Baxt will conductscreenings 2pm -4pm