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It's May (!) and, as Spring continues to bloom, so to does our desire to get back outdoors and dust off that “sickness” known as cabin fever. Back into the sun and, with that, back into heavy applications of sunscreen. At least we hope you’ve hopped on the sunscreen bandwagon. We’ve been beating that drum for years no. The importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays is that of sincere consequence. If you’re not doing it, you’re subjecting yourself to the very real probability that you’ll be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in your life.
Okay, we’ll stop with the numbers for a moment…
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) had deemed May Melanoma Awareness Month. It’s recognized nationally, and this year, the AAD is putting the spotlight on “Skin Cancer Hero’s.” Now, we’re not claiming that we’re heroes, but we are certainly doing what we can to help facilitate the importance of conducting skin checks to look for skin abnormalities. In fact, we’re working with Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, as well as Frisbee Memorial Hospital in Rochester to give free skin checks (appointments are necessary).
The importance of early detection is vast and imperative. The 5-year survival rate for patients, whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, is about 97 percent. The 5-year survival rate falls to 15-20 percent for those with advanced disease.
What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?
What are some general skin protection guidelines?
To that last point, our free skin cancer screenings at Wentworth Douglass Hospital will be held on May 8th and 10th, and the Frisbee Memorial Hospital sessions will be held on May 8th only. Feel free to contact us for more details.
And, for more resources on skin cancer awareness and helpful tips, visit: https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/programs/skin-cancer-awareness-month.