Melanoma is not always caused by the sun. It can develop at any age and anywhere on the body. This includes skin that may never have seen a single ray of sun.
Melanoma is the leading cause of death for women aged 25 to 35, excluding accidents.
Melanoma is 100% curable if caught early, it is 100% fatal if caught late.
Newest areas of concern
Increased incidence in young women, because of tanning bed use.
Increased mortality in males over 50, because of delayed diagnosis.
One in 60 can now expect to develop malignant melanoma during his or her lifetime in the US,as opposed to one in 250 in 1980.
More than 60,000 cases of invasive melanomas and more than 50,000 in situ melanomas will be diagnosed this year.
More than 600,000 Americans are living with melanoma right now.
Use a sunscreen and reapply it throughout the day.
Enjoy the outdoors, but be “sun-smart”: protect yourself from the sun.
Parents with young children:
Melanoma is a killer. Do get regular total skin checks by someone who is willing to take the time.
Do not use tanning beds. The catastrophic effects of this habit are only beginning to emerge.
- avoid sun exposure from 11AM to 3PM
- be diligent with application and reapplication of sunscreens
- teach your children proper use of sunscreens because teachers and counselors are not allowed to touch children anymore.
ABCDEs of Melanoma
Diameter greater than a pencil eraser
Evolution from a previous shape to a new one
A-B-C-D-Es of Melanoma