04 May MELANOMA #MONDAY, SKINCANCER PREVENTION
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According to The American Cancer Society, one American dies from melanoma skin cancer every hour. Death is preventable. The five year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98%. As a way to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancers, and to encourage early detection through self-exams, the American Academy of Dermatology designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®.
WHAT IS MELANOMA?
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It begins in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that make melanin, which gives skin its color. Melanin also protects the deeper layers of the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When people spend time in the sunlight, the melanocytes make more melanin and cause the skin to tan. If the skin receives too much ultraviolet light, the melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous. This condition is called melanoma.
There are several identifiable risk factors associated with Melanoma
Ultraviolet [UV] light: Too much exposure to UV radiation is thought to be a major risk factor for most melanomas. The main source of UV rays is the sun. Tanning lamps and tanning beds are also sources of UV rays. People with high levels of exposure to light from these sources are at greater risk for all types of skin cancer.
Moles: People who have more than 50 common moles have a greater chance than others of developing melanoma. Most common moles do not turn into melanoma. If the color, size, shape, or height of a mole changes consult your doctor immediately. If a mole starts to itch, bleed, or ooze, or if you see a new mole that doesn’t look like their other moles tell your doctor immediately.
Light colored skin, freckles and light hair: The risk of melanoma is more than 10 times higher for those with low baseline melanin as compared to those with higher baselines. Caucasians with red or blond hair, blue or green eyes, or fair skin that freckles or burns easily are at increased risk.
Family or Personal history of Melanoma: Around 10% of people with melanoma have a close relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) who has had the disease. This could be due to behavior; the family tends to spend more time in the sun. The heightened risk can be due to genetics; family members have fair skin or share a gene that tends to change (mutate). The heightened risk could be due to all three or any combination of these conditions.
Immunosuppression: HIV and diseases that weaken the immune system, plus certain medicines used in treating organ transplants and other conditions all have something in common; they can impair the immune system, which can lead to an increased risk of melanoma.
Age + Gender: In the United States, men by-and-large have a higher rate of melanoma than women. But this varies by age. Before age 40, the risk is higher for women; after age 40 the risk is higher in men.
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In 2014 members of Previse climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa to raise awareness and funds for The American Academy of Dermatology SPOT Skin Cancer Campaign. Here is our film on the inaugural Skin Cancer, Take A Hike! [/gdlr_heading]
[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ icon=”icon-heart” font_weight=”bold” ]Please incorporate these sun-safety practices to minimize you and your loved ones risk for Melanoma[/gdlr_heading]
- Seek the shade, especially between 10AM and 4PM
- Do not burn
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with and SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 25 or highter
- Apply 1 ounce, [2 tablespoons] of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Self Care – Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
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