May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and to kick it off, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May “Melanoma Monday”. The Academy is asking people to wear the color orange on that day to raise awareness as well as to motivate the public to get skin cancer detected early through regular skin exams. To find out more about the SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative, click here.

A few facts about skin cancer that might surprise you:

  • Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers in the United States.
  • Current studies show that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • Basal and squamous cell are the most common types of skin cancer.
  • However, melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer: it is responsible for 75 percent of skin cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • Melanoma is also the most common form of skin cancer for those 25 to 29 years old.
  • One person dies from melanoma skin cancer every hour.
  • Melanoma can almost always be cured when detected early.
  • The five-year survival rate for those whose melanoma was detected before it spread to the lymph nodes was 98 percent.

The American Academy of Dermatology encourages people to prevent skin cancer by protecting themselves from sun exposure, to detect signs of skin cancer by regularly looking for abnormal or changing spots on the skin and to live by reaching out to a dermatologist as soon as they see anything changing, itching or bleeding.

If you do believe a mole or lesion looks abnormal, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology at your earliest convenience to make an appointment for a thorough skin exam. Our number is (512) 402-6694.