Thursday, March 17, 2011

Did You Know?

Some melanoma facts...

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.15The vast majority of mutations found in melanoma are caused by ultraviolet radiation

Women aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.2Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

Daily sunscreen use cuts melanoma risk in half, studies show.

Cost of treating newly diagnosed skin cancer is 1 billion dollars annually.

the emotional and physical costs are incalculable

Melanoma/skin cancer is the most underfunded of all cancers by federal and private agencies.

Avoid tanning salons: 15 minutes is equal to a whole day’s exposure at the beach

It sucks.


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