Skin Cancer can be preventable if you know all the facts. With this being Skin Cancer Awareness Month it is important to know information on how to spot it. As a Paramedic, I can only tell you that awareness and knowledge can be your friend.
I am sharing the information below for you to read. While I am being compensated for this post, it’s important to know that this is a real threat, and it can be prevented and treated if caught early enough. So educate yourself, and share this article with others so they know too!
DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF WISCONSIN AND FOREFRONT DERMATOLOGY URGES PATIENTS TO GET YEARLY SKIN EXAMS FOR EARLY MELANOMA DETECTION DURING SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Month-Long Awareness Campaign About the Deadly Disease
MANITOWOC, Wisconsin – May 8, 2015 – According to the Journal of American Medical Association, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in this lifetime.1 One person dies of melanoma every hour, but this statistic can be prevented with early detection. 2 May is the start of a month long campaign for the awareness of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology are helping to spread awareness of the deadly disease by educating the general public about both prevention and early detection.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15 to 29 years old and about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. 3 The key to prevention is early detection and it is recommended that everyone see their dermatologist once a year for a complete skin exam.
“Melanoma is a particularly dangerous form of skin cancer because of how quickly it spreads to other areas of the body,” said Kenneth Katz, MD, Dermatologist and founder of Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology. “While melanoma is a scary form of cancer, it can be treated and cured if caught early enough.”
In an effort to improve these numbers Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology encourages everyone to regularly perform self-exams and schedule yearly skin
exams. If one doesn’t know how to perform a self-exam, the practices are available to help one learn. In addition, wearing orange on Monday, May 4, and getting screened for skin cancer, will help support the Academy of Dermatology’s vision of a world without skin cancer.
“The good news is there are ways to prevent oneself from getting melanoma. It is important to wear sunscreen with a minimum protection of SPF 30 to protect against the sun’s deadly rays, even on overcast days as UV rays can penetrate clouds and damage skin. Most people don’t realize how dangerous melanoma is until it’s too late,” said Dr. Katz.
Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Forefront Dermatology support Melanoma Monday and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. With a total of 54 dermatology clinics throughout the Midwest, in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio, both are cutting edge dermatology practices with the latest advancement in detecting skin cancer. All locations provide skin exams and skin cancer screenings. For more information call 855-337-6947 or 855-535-7175.
About Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin/Forefront Dermatology
Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin is a leading provider of medical dermatology services with clinics throughout Wisconsin. Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin also operates as Forefront Dermatology with locations in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin provides patients with more than 30 years of experience and a team of skilled dermatologists to diagnose and treat all conditions of the skin, hair and nails. To learn more visit www.dermwisconsin.com or call (855) 337-6947.
So have you ever been treated or diagnosed with Skin Cancer? What can you share with others that can help them? Thanks for your comments. ~Tom
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