More than one third of all cancers originate in the skin. The total number of skin cancers diagnosed in the United States annually has grown from 300,000 in 1977 to an estimated one million today. During our lifetimes, skin cancer will develop in one in five of us. Scary, isn’t it? Not as scary, however, as the fact the melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – has increased 15 fold in the last 60 years. A child born in the year 2000 is estimated to have a lifetime risk of developing melanoma of about one in seventy five!
Sobering, isn’t it? And yet, few of us take the steps necessary to lower our risk. We continue to ignore advice about suncreeens, we shudder at the thought of being “pasty white.” In short, we stick our heads in the sand.
But the battle against skin cancer does not have to be insurmountable. You need master only a few basic points.
- LEARN WHAT SKIN CANCER LOOKS LIKE SO YOU CAN DETECT IT EARLY.
- LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF SKIN SELF-EXAMINATION.
- FIND OUT HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN WHILE PROTECTING YOUR “IMAGE.”