Did you know most skin cancer is found by people who go see a doctor/dermatologist as a result of a suspicious mole or sun spot and not by routine exams?
Skin cancer is on the rise and it is preventable. Early detection is the key, so be proactive and become a Skin Cancer Prevention Hero by conducting a self-examination and encourage your family, friends and co-workers to do the same.
For a quick skin health education activity, share this quiz as part of your Employee Well-being initiatives in support of May Skin Cancer Awareness Month and in support of keeping your employees skin healthy:
To make it free and easy, check out these nearby locations where you and your employees can get a FREE Skin Cancer Screening for a no-excuses skin checkup. Find a free skin cancer screening near you and get it done!
And for those who just want the facts, educate yourself, your family and your workforce to be skin smart and raise awareness on skin smarts and skin cancer prevention: (Source: www.ADA.org)
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma:
- These are the most common forms of skin cancer, and are collectively referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers.
- These arise within the top layer of the skin and can appear on any sun-exposed area of the body, but are most frequently found on the face, ears, bald scalp, and neck.
- Basal cell carcinoma frequently appears as a pearly bump, whereas squamous cell carcinoma often looks like a rough, red, scaly area, or an ulcerated bump that bleeds.
- Although non-melanoma skin cancer spreads slowly, if left untreated, it can lead to disfigurement.
- Researchers estimate that 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, were diagnosed in 3.3 million people in the United States in 2012.
- See a board-certified dermatologist if you spot anything changing, itching, or bleeding on your skin. When caught early and treated properly, skin cancer is highly curable.
- This is the most deadly form of skin cancer.
- One American dies from melanoma every hour.
- Melanoma may suddenly appear without warning, but can also develop from or near an existing mole.
- It can occur anywhere on the body, but is most common on the upper back, torso, lower legs, head, and neck.
- Melanoma frequently spreads to lymph nodes and most internal organs, making early detection and treatment essential.
- See a board-certified dermatologist if you spot anything changing, itching, or bleeding on your skin.
- New, rapidly growing moles, or moles that itch, bleed, or change color are often early warning signs of melanoma and should be examined by a dermatologist.
- If detected early and treated properly, melanoma is highly treatable.
To help you spot skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone learn the ABCDEs of melanoma:
- A is for Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
- B is for Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.
- C is for Color that varies from one area to another.
- D is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
- E is for Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
For more information about skin cancer prevention and detection, or to find a free skin cancer screening in your area, visit SPOTme.org.
To learn more on how to enhance your Employee Wellness Programs and raise awareness and education on skin cancer and other health education prevention, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org