Skin Cancer Aware

by Lois Etienne on June 22, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Summer time is here and so is the sun in big doses! Here are some facts about skin cancer:

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer┬áthan all other cancers combined.
  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most commom form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.
  • Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.

Seniors still need to be sun aware, even though most sun damage may have taken place when they were younger. Especially in the summer, seniors still like to be outdoors gardening or walking and they need to remember to wear hats, wear sunscreen, wear UV-blocking sunglasses, examine your skin monthly and see a doctor at least once a year for a professional skin exam.

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