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June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day

Woman on beach with hat and sunscreen

On June 5, scores of Americans once facing uncertain futures instead will gather with their families, friends and communities to celebrate. That’s because June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day, designed to honor those who didn’t fall victim to a dire diagnosis.

The number of people living after a cancer diagnosis and treatment in the United States increased from 7 million in 1992 to 15.5 million in 2016, and is expected to rise to more than 20 million by 2026. Those figures ultimately will reflect a growth of cancer survivors accounting for about 2.5 percent of the US population in 1992 to more than five percent a decade from now.

“When we speak with leading cancer researchers in the United States and around the world, we hear unprecedented optimism that we are on the verge of pivotal advances in oncology,” officials with the National Cancer Institute recently wrote in a media statement. “So today, as we honor the courage of all cancer survivors, we do so with a renewed hope and determination. We remain committed to changing the meaning of a diagnosis of cancer for all people.”

In the meantime, a top cancer concern is melanoma, the most common and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Consider these statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans this year.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects every ethnicity, hitting an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.

The top tactic for preventing melanoma and other skin cancers is to minimize your exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. But natural sunshine isn’t the only culprit. Tanning beds also are highly damaging to skin and potentially cancer-causing, so avoid them altogether. And when you do venture out into the sunshine, don protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses and wear a high-SPF sunblock. Avoid going outside between 10 am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Learn the warning signs of melanoma, including sunspots with asymmetrical shapes, irregular borders or changes in color or shape.

Most importantly, schedule regular skin cancer screenings. And if you do suspect the presence of melanoma, see a doctor immediately for a confirmed diagnosis and, if needed, MOHS micrographic treatment. To learn more and to discuss any skin cancer-related concerns, schedule a consultation at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City, South Plainfield, West New York or Staten Island.

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