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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Do You Know the Risks?

Woman with sunscreen in the shape of a sun on her back.

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, a nationwide initiative designed to spread the word about the ever-increasing rates of skin cancer and importance of early detection. Of top concern is melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Despite continuing research and advancements in treatment technology, the rate of melanoma diagnoses has risen each year over the past three decades in America.

Consider the statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • Upward of 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans by year’s end.
  • Though it’s most prevalent in Caucasians, Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.
  • The risk of melanoma increases with age, but the disease can strike at any time.
  • Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults age 20-39.
  • Before age 45, melanoma risk is higher for women; after age 45 the risk is higher in men.
  • Both natural sun rays and artificial rays generated by tanning beds can contribute to the development of melanoma.

Risk factors for melanoma include sun exposure and tanning bed use; atypical moles; fair, freckled skin and light colored hair; a weakened immune system; age; and a personal or family history of melanoma or other skin cancers. Early detection is by far your best bet for catching and effectively treating melanoma, and getting regular screenings is proven to boost early detection of the disease by 30 percent.

Don’t wait. As the summer temperatures rise and people spend more time enjoying the great outdoors, the risk of developing skin cancer also rises. Protect your health and life by scheduling a screening at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, Jersey City or Staten Island.

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Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
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Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
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703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
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1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
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3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
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114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location coming in early 2017

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
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