May is National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S than all other cancers combined. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 197,700 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S in 2022.
Preventive measures include avoiding direct sunlight, particularly in the summer months and between 11:00 and 15:00; wearing sunglasses with ultraviolet protection, loose clothing with long sleeves, and a wide-brimmed hat; and using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and reapplying it regularly as activities require, at least every 2 hours.
In order to stop skin cancer, we have to spot it on time. When detected early, the 5 year survival rate for melanoma is 99%. Unlike other cancers, skin cancers form on the outside of the body and are usually visible. That’s why monthly skin exams at home, and annual skin exams by a healthcare professional are so important.
Family Health Medical Services strongly recommends scheduling annual skin exams to check for new growths or changes in your skin. We are now offering skin cancer screenings with dermoscopy, and other dermatology services such as biopsies, excisions, wart treatment and skin tag removals. Call 716-338-0022 today and schedule your annual skin exam.