February 4th, 2014 – World Cancer Day
To raise skin cancer awareness, WDC would like to remind you that February 4th is World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day is a chance to improving general knowledge around cancer and dismiss misconceptions about the disease. WDC would like to take part by keeping you informed of the latest statistics and facts surrounding skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Facts
- Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but are easily treated if detected early.
- By 2015, it is estimated that one in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime.
- About 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.
- Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women aged 45 years or younger.
Prevention and detection is the key to avoiding potential skin cancers. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen, seeking shade and wearing protective clothing. It’s also important to have a annual full-body exam and perform regular self-exams for new and changing moles.
To learn more information about World Cancer Day, follow the link to www.worldcancerday.org.