Every year, May 5th is Melanoma Monday. In an effort to educate the public on this deadly disease, The American Academy of Dermatology has created some public service announcements to educate you in early prevention.
Here are Melanoma statistics:
- On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. In 2014, it is estimated that 9,710 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.
- Melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old
- When caught early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Download the Mole Map: Mole Map from AAD
Download Dr. Mejia’s ABCDE’s of Melanoma
The American Academy of Dermatology also has created an online quiz to Spot Skin Cancer to test your knowledge. Prevention is key. If you see any signs, please get checked right away. Dr. Mejia is a Mohs skin cancer surgeon and one of the only MD’s in the nation that is Board Certified in dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Be safe and stay covered.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]