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May starts National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month campaign. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year!

Fast Facts About Skin Cancer

•Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50% of all types of cancers diagnosed combined.

•Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer.

•More than 90% of skin cancer is causes by excessive exposure to the sun.

•Each hour, 1 person dies from skin cancer.
Skin Cancer and Melanoma Basics

Skin cancer is divided into two categories: melanoma and non-melanoma. Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer. Although serious, non-melanomas are much less life threatening and easier to treat.

Melanoma accounts for 4% od skin cancer cases diagnosed. It is estimated that 62,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2006. Almost 8,000 are expected to die of melanoma this year.

There are two common types of non-melanoma skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Symptoms of Skin Cancer
•A small lump (spot or mole) that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture.

•A red lump (spot or mole) that is firm

•A sore or spot that bleeds or become crusty. Also look for sores that don't heal.

•Rough and scaly patches on the skin.

•Flat scaly areas of the skin that are red or brown.

•Any new growth that is suspicious

If you suspect that a lump, spot, or mole may be suspicious of skin cancer, see your doctor. When detected early, it is highly treatable.

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Great reminder. Neil has had two skin cancers, one on his arm and one on his ear. Both were sores that would not heal. He was lucky that the first one on his arm was slow growing, it took him years to go get it checked. And I still fight him to wear sun block. :(
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