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SO, HOW ARE WE DOING IN THE WAR ON SKIN CANCER?

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Posted by 05.01.18

Although skin cancer is more common than all other cancers combined, we have made impressive strides in terms of prevention, early detection and treatment of these cancers. And May, Skin Cancer Awareness Month, serves as a good time to look back on some of the wins, identify remaining opportunities and double down on the strategies that we know work.
“We are doing really well,” says Desiree Ratner, MD, Director of the Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City. “If skin cancer is caught early, it’s curable, and we are catching more skin cancers early.”

Here’s where we stand today:

Skin Cancer Prevention

 Wins: California, Delaware, Dis

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WHY YOU NEED A MOLE CHECK NOW

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Posted by 05.05.17

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and there are more skin cancers than all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and over 9,500 get diagnosed every single day according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). On average, one of us dies from a melanoma every hour. Think of it this way, in the time it takes to finish a Flywheel class, someone somewhere in the USA has died from this deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females age 15-29, and the majority of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.

Now do we have your attention?

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THE SKIN CANCER TIPPING POINT: ARE WE THERE YET?

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Posted by 05.17.16

Unlike many other diseases, we know what causes the majority of skin cancers –exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Despite this, skin cancer treatments ranked as the most commonly performed procedures by American Society for Dermatologic Surgery members in 2015 for the fourth year in a row – confirming the growing incidence of this disease.

What gives?

ASDS.NET

The numbers of new cases may be rising, but many dermatologists are cautiously optimistic that we are making slow and steady progress on all fronts and are nearing the skin cancer tipping point.

Here’s why:

New Treatments

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LIFE-SAVING MELANOMA MIRACLES

Posted by 02.18.16

For years, there was little, if anything, doctors could offer for advanced or spreading melanoma, the potentially fatal form of skin cancer.

But that was then.

“The landscape has totally changed and for the first time we have been able to essentially cure metastatic disease. What was once fatal now has real hope,” says Mona Mofid, MD, FAAD, Medical Director, American Melanoma Foundation and a dermatologist in San Diego, Calif.

Take former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, for example, she says. Diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in his ninth decade, he is now cancer-free. “I personally have four patients who had metastatic disease in the brain or lung whose melanoma is now undetect

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