Welcome to May! For us, May represents something we take very seriously - Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Melanoma is on the rise, and today we’d like to share some stark statistics that we hope will help you put into perspective the importance of regular screening.
Here are some numbers from recent recommendations by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force(USPSTF):
The USPSTF has stressed that despite the fact that skin cancer is not viewed as the most life-threatening cancer, that is really due to consistent screening and continued vigilance. But despite the best efforts of dermatologists, the numbers above speak for themselves. This year alone, 3000 patients with advanced skin cancer will die as well.
According to a 2013 study carried out by the University of Edinburgh, the authors reported that one-third of melanomas are detected as incidental lesions. In combination with many other studies, the bottom line that remains is this: in-person skin examinations by dermatologists are truly the standard of care and your best chance to detect melanoma early.