Don't Let Summer Equal Skin Cancer
Think about this: skin cancer is, for the most part, a lifestyle disease, and simply put, a lifestyle disease is a disease associated with the way a person lives. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Read on to find out about the most frequently occurring form of cancer and take the first step in your defense of this serious disease.
- Skin cancer is so common that one in five Americans will develop it in the course of their lifetime.
- Ninety percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, but may be deadly if allowed to grow.
- There are several kinds of skin cancers. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is one of them and is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers.
- More than one out of every three new cancers is a skin cancer, and the vast majority are basal cell carcinomas.
- A pearly white or waxy bump, often with visible blood vessels, on your face, neck or ears. The bump may bleed and develop a crust.
- A flat, scaly, brown or flesh-colored patch on your back or chest.