Skin Cancer Awareness Month: More important now than ever

May 12, 2015 by
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The consequences of sun worship command extra attention during the month of May, and the latest data show there is much education still to be done.

Unfortunately, Skin Cancer Awareness Month is more necessary than ever.

Doctors tell more than 1 million Americans each year they have skin cancer, by far the most common of all cancers. One in five people is expected to develop some kind of skin cancer in his or her lifetime.

Most cases are a direct result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, according to the American Cancer Society. Both the common basal and squamous cell skin cancers tend to be found on sun-exposed areas, and incidence is tied to lifetime sun exposure. Melanoma – more deadly but less prevalent – also is tied to sun exposure.

Of additional concern is that melanoma rates have been rising an average 1.4 percent each year for the last 10 years, according to data released in April by the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program.

SEER found the total incidence rate for melanoma in 2012 was 22.87 per 100,000 people – up slightly from 2011 and dwarfing the 7.89 rate in 1975, the study’s first year.

“These latest figures reflect the need PSA video artfor sustained education when it comes to the dangers posed by skin cancer,” said American Society for Dermatologic Surgery President George J. Hruza, M.D., M.B.A. “ASDS is committed to remaining at the forefront of informing the public about ways to minimize their chances of developing skin cancer. It is a responsibility we take to heart.”

To raise awareness about the need for men to adopt sun-protective behaviors and the dangers of indoor tanning, ASDS recently distributed two videos nationwide in observance of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The new videos supply insight into some of the risk factors for skin cancer.

“Most skin cancers are preventable,” said Hruza. “We believe these videos have the potential to convince people across the nation to make modest lifestyle adjustments that could save their lives. Taking the time to share these videos will make a meaningful contribution in the fight against skin cancer.”

For more information, visit the skin cancer information section on the ASDS website.

Posted in Skin Cancer, Sun Safety


ASDS is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of the skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons are also experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Visit ASDS at:

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