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Unlike most other types of cancer, skin cancer rates are increasing. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma, basal cell, squamous cell and Merkel cell skin cancers have all been linked to ultraviolet radiation, according to the American Cancer Society®. In fact, more people develop skin cancer because of tanning than developing lung cancer because of smoking. The incidence rate of melanoma – a less common, but more deadly skin cancer – has doubled from 1982 to 2011. Ultraviolet radiation comes from sun exposure and indoor tanning.
The information below on sun exposure and indoor tanning are available along with a comprehensive list of skin cancer facts and statistics on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website. For more information visit: skincancer.org.
Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or gender. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when it comes to skin cancer prevention and detection, however, it seems that men need to brush up on their knowledge.
|Skin cancer – knowledge and melanoma estimates by gender|
|56%||76%||Know there is no such thing as a healthy tan|
|54%||70%||Know that getting a base tan is not a healthy way to protect your skin from the sun|
|56%||65%||Know that skin cancer can occur on areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun|
|52,170||34,940||Melanoma diagnoses – 2017 estimates|
|6,380||3,350||Melanoma deaths – 2017 U.S. estimates|
Skin Cancer Foundation: www.skincancer.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for protection from UV radiation:
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American Academy of Dermatology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute
Occupational Health and Safety Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
American Academy of Dermatology: Its membership of 13,700 includes virtually all dermatologists in the US. It provides information and educational material on all aspects of melanoma, other skin cancers, and skin care. A “Find a Dermatologist” listing is offered on the website.
Web Site: www.aad.org Telephone: 1-866-503-SKIN Email: email@example.com
American Cancer Society: A major information source. Gives support to patients, survivors and caregivers, including seniors and minors.
Web Site: www.cancer.org Telephone: 1-800-ACS-2345
American Childhood Cancer Organization: A nationwide organization that offers support and advocacy to families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them. Informative books are provided free of charge to those with financial constraints.
Web Site: www.acco.org Telephone: 1-800-366-CCCF Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
American Melanoma Foundation: Maintains a support group in San Diego, CA. Advises anyone wanting to start a support group. Gives information about melanoma from screening to staging, including clinical trials that patients may wish to join.
Web Site: www.melanomafoundation.org Telephone: 858-882-7712 Email: email@example.com
Cancer Care Inc.: A call to the toll-free Cancer Care Counseling Line leads patients, their families, and caregivers to support services in the caller’s area. Individual counseling can be obtained by calling the same number. Information for professionals is also available.
Web Site: www.cancercare.org Telephone: 1-800-813-HOPE Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look Good…Feel Better: This program teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients during and after chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association.
Web Site: www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org Telephone: 1-800-395-LOOK
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America: Health care professionals, parents of children with life-threatening illnesses, or the children themselves can apply. “I want to go. To be. To meet. To have.” Volunteers try to find ways to make these wishes come true free of charge.
Web Site: www.wish.org Telephone: 1-800-722-WISH Email: email@example.com
Melanoma International Foundation: The phone number is a “patient navigation hotline” to help patients and their families gain a better understanding of the disease and where to go for treatment. Answers to questions and information are offered, mostly via e-mail, to people as far away as China.
Web Site: www.melanomaintl.org Telephone: 1-866-463-6663 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF): Presents a series of six symposia on diagnosis and treatment each year for patients, their families, and health care professionals, with an opportunity to consult physician presenters. Manages www.mpip.org, a website enabling patients and others concerned about melanoma to share experiences.
Web Site: www.melanoma.org Telephone: 1-800-673-1290 Email: email@example.com
National Cancer Institute (NCI): The US government’s source of information on the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials, as well as insurance, hospice, and home care. Callers to the toll-free number can be referred to community activities and support services. Spanish speakers are available.
Web Site: www.cancer.gov Telephone: 1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation: Dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who would otherwise be unable to afford high-cost specialty medications. PAN provides financial assistance through nearly 60 disease-specific programs designed to help patients being treated for certain chronic illnesses, rare diseases, and cancers. Financial assistance supports the cost-sharing obligations (i.e., co-pays, deductibles) of patients. Since 2004, PAN has provided nearly $400 million in financial assistance to more than 200,000 patients. Two of PAN’s programs are for patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma and metastatic melanoma.
Web Site: www.PANFoundation.org Telephone: 1-866-316-7263
Patient Advocate Foundation: Serves as an active liaison between the patient and the insurer, employer, and/or creditors to ensure access to care, maintenance of employment, and reservation of financial stability. Case managers, doctors, and attorneys work through the Foundation.
Web Site: www.patientadvocate.org Telephone: 1-800-532-5274 Email: email@example.com
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