Posted on March 8th, 2009 by
As the month of May brings skin cancer into focus, it’s a great time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated skin cancer information throughout the year.
Cancer of the skin is often divided into categories: non-melanoma and melanoma. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that well over 1 million Americans develop non-melanoma (basal cell or squamous cell) cancers annually. Melanoma, the more-aggressive form of skin cancer, is expected to be diagnosed in more than 60,000 people in 2008. The ACS also estimates that 11,200 deaths will occur in 2008 from all forms of skin cancer combined (8,420 from melanoma and 2,780 from non-melanoma).
Although the frequency of skin cancer diagnoses-as well as supposed countless undetected cases-in the United States indicate that the disease remains a significant health concern, it’s also important to note that, on the promising side, research and public awareness campaigns are promoting prevention and early detection of skin cancer. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening are important steps in reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. And, should a diagnosis occur, access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you find the best care.
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