A few weeks ago, I was honored to be part of MD Anderson skin screening and education team at the Houston Shell Open. I was one of three dermatologists that teamed up to screen golfers, their teams (caddies!), and the general public. Here are the facts: One in FIVE Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In fact, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States! 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed ever year. The rate of melanoma has doubled in the United States from 1982 to 2011.
Look for a new blog post coming soon on the different kinds of skin cancer and how to prevent and detect them. Remember, skin cancer is easier to treat skin when found early. If you something that you are concerned about, make sure to see you board certified dermatologist.
Read about sunscreen tips and personalized sunscreen recommendations in the meantime.
Source: Stern RS. Prevalence of a history of skin cancer in 2007: results of an incidence-based model. Arch Dermatol. 2010 Mar;146(3):279-82.
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