May happens to be Skin Cancer Awareness Month and with summer being nearly here it is a great time to revisit our skin’s health. Skin cancer remains one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer every hour, per the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Knowing your skin and performing routine self or self + partner skin checks for changes or irregularities can save your life.
Most people with melanoma first detected it by seeing changes in their own skin. The Melanoma Research Foundation has provided a terrific self screening guide, “Get Naked.” and the AAD has provided this wonderfully funny video.
Routine skin exams from a dermatologist are also critically important. If you don’t have a dermatologist or cannot afford one there are SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening centers around the United States performing free skin exams throughout the month of May and June. You can check locations for these free skin exams at the SPOTme® Skin Cancer Screening centers website.
So during the month of May start a new routine to Get Naked!