One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. While numbers like this make a world without skin cancer seem impossible, it is within our reach. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. Yet, one American dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, almost every hour.
Help BeautyInTheBag spread the word and encourage others to prevent and detect skin cancer.
Here’s how to participate in SPOT Orange on Melanoma Monday® (Monday, May 6):
Wear orange and encourage others to join you.
Share a picture of you and your family, friends, or co-workers wearing orange for skin cancer. Upload a photo to www.SpotSkinCancer.org/SPOTOrange for a chance to be featured on the American Academy of Dermatology’s website, social media, or other materials.
On Facebook: Share your photo on AAD’s Facebook timeline. Tag AAD in any SPOT orange posts (@American Academy of Dermatology).
On Twitter: Mention Melanoma Monday, tweet with your photo (@AADskin), and include the #SPOTorange hashtag.
On Pinterest: Upload your photo as a pin and use the #SPOTorange hashtag in the description.
On Instagram: Upload your photo and use the #SPOTorange hashtag in the caption.
Know your ABCDEs.
Catch melanoma early and your survival chances increase exponentially. A for asymmetry (meaning one half of a mole is different than the other half), B is for border irregularity, C for color (melanomas are uneven in color), and D is for diameter. Melanomas are thicker than non-melanomas. If any of your moles follows the ABCD pattern, see your dermatologist ASAP – www.aad.org, www.asds.net.
Schedule your annual skin cancer check-up with your dermatologist before Memorial Day. (Check here for a list of free screening locations and dates.)