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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.
â€œWe are doing really well,â€ says Desiree Ratner, MD,Â Director of the Comprehensive Skin Cancer Program at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City. â€œIf skin cancer is caught early, itâ€™s curable, and we are catching more skin cancers early.â€
Hereâ€™s where we stand today:
Skin Cancer Prevention
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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?