Melanoma Wednesday Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention Event at the State Capitol 5.1.13
Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery | 04.16.13
What: Melanoma Wednesday Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention Event at the State Capitol
Who: Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (PAD)
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (please call to arrange interview)
Where: Pennsylvania State Capitol
Facts: Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanomas may appear on the skin suddenly without warning but also can develop from an existing mole. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Melanoma and other skin cancers are highly treatable if detected early.
- Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults age 25-29 and is the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults age 15-29.
- Melanoma is increasing faster in females 15-29 years old than males in the same age group. In females 15-29 years old, the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma, which may be due to high-risk tanning behaviors.
- You have a substantially increased risk of developing melanoma if you have many moles, large moles or atypical (unusual) moles.
- Your risk is increased if a blood relative (e.g., your parents, children, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles) has had melanoma.
- If you are a Caucasian with fair skin, your risk is higher than a Caucasian with olive skin.
- Redheads and blonds have a higher risk of developing melanoma. Blue or green eyes also increase your risk.
- Your chances increase significantly if you’ve already had a previous melanoma or if you have had basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, the more common forms of skin cancer.
What is the PAD doing about it?
The Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery strongly supports skin cancer awareness and encourages all Pennsylvanians to be screened. Our dermatologists will offer free skin cancer screenings, instruction on self skin examination, and provide important prevention information at this screening event.
The PAD strongly supports legislation that protects the public from the dangers of ultra violet radiation from indoor tanning.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery is the only statewide medical organization solely representing the interests and concerns of all dermatologists and their patients in Pennsylvania. Visit us at www.padermatology.org.
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