May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month!

As one of the most common types of cancer (more than one million people are diagnosed each year), it is crucial to create some awareness for an often avoidable issue!  Here are a few interesting facts about skin cancer that you may not know:

  1. More than 90% of skin cancer is caused by sun exposure.59932475_2121194338172362_5197777152560332800_n.png

  2. Skin cancer accounts for more than 50% of all cancers combined.

  3. An estimated death occurs every hour in relation to skin cancer.

  4. 1 in 3 Caucasians will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lifetime.

  5. Even though African Americans, Asians, and Latinos are less likely to get skin cancer, those who do have an increase in more serious cases leading to death.

  6. Men are diagnosed with skin cancer more often than women.

  7. One bad sunburn during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer later in life!

So, with such staggering statistics, what can we do to prevent skin cancer for ourselves and our loved ones?

Here are a few recommendations you might want to add to your routines:

Follow these simple tips and take care of your skin.  Be sure to share this information with your friends and family so they too will be armed with the knowledge and protect that precious skin.

For informational and entertainment purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure anything. Consult your healthcare provider with specific concerns.