May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of this very important time, we want to share some information about how prevalent skin cancer is, specifically melanoma. Read on for the symptoms of skin cancer of this kind – and what you can do to prevent it.
All sugar-coating aside, here are some basic facts you should know: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer every year, and according to the American Cancer Society, over 91,000 new diagnoses of melanoma were confirmed in the United States in 2018.
Melanoma is the cancer most people are diagnosed with when they are told they have skin cancer. It can be either benign or malignant, but when it’s malignant, it’s imperative to remove the portion of the skin that has melanoma as soon as possible. This is why it’s important to get your skin checked by a board-certified dermatologist at least once a year. It’s also why it’s so important to wear sunscreen every day. SPF is the number one thing you can do to help protect your skin from skin cancer.
And you shouldn’t just wear it on your face. Melanoma is known to show up in the most unexpected places, like the scalp, in between fingers and toes and even on the palms of your hands. Thankfully, Supergoop! has developed products that make it easy to get broad spectrum sunscreen on all of these areas (we’re looking at you guys, Poof Part Protector and Forever Young Hand Cream).
Anyone can develop melanoma; it doesn’t matter much if you’re older or younger or if you have lighter or darker skin (in fact, those with darker skin often aren’t diagnosed with skin cancer until it has developed into something way more serious). And it doesn’t always matter if melanoma runs in your family or not.
Five of our friends were brave enough to share their melanoma stories with us – and our hope is that by sharing them with you, you’ll be better informed about how to stay protected. Read to learn more about warning signs, and the SPF they use to stay protected every day.