The mistake that a lot of people make is thinking that just because they are not very light or pale, it means that they are not vulnerable to skin cancer. Also, being able to be exposed to the sun for a long time and not getting any sun burn does not mean that too much sun exposure is necessarily safe.
Another error that many women who tan a lot make is thinking that they are too young to be vulnerable to skin cancer but that could not be further from the truth.
In fact, it’s now the leading form of cancer among young adults, ages 25 to 29, and the second most common cancer in teens, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), which has designated May 6th as Melanoma Monday, as part of an initiative to raise awareness of skin cancer risk.
The AAD asks Americans to support its SPOT Orange initiative by sharing photos of themselves, their friends, family or pets wearing orange on Melanoma Monday. The goal is to encourage early detection of melanoma and other skin cancer through self-exams.
Skin Cancer Linked to Higher Risk for Other Cancers
This year, about 137,990 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma and 9,480 will die from it—an average of one fatality per hour. By 2015, it’s expected to strike one in 50 Americans during their lifetime, while one in five will develop some form of skin cancer.
Melanoma survivors are at significantly higher risk for other cancers, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, National Cancer Institute researchers reported recently.
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