6 Surprising Facts About Skin Cancer

CANCER: one of the most dreaded five letter words that no one wants to hear. While skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, it is also one of the most preventable forms.

We’re here to share some surprising facts about skin cancer to raise awareness and help you take action to reduce your risk.

Let’s start by talking about the three most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

1. There are 3 types of skin cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Often times it appears as a flesh-colored bump or a pinkish patch of skin. These are commonly found on the head, neck, and arms, but can form anywhere on the body. Why are these little guys so common? They are mostly caused by years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning...

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. These usually surface as a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then reopens. They tend to develop on parts of your skin that get the most sun exposure like on your ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back.

Melanoma is the most deadly for of skin cancer. Melanoma tends to develop in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin. These suckers are commonly found on the neck and face. But, research shows it is more likely to develop on the chest and back for men and on the legs in women. (*not so* fun fact: The founder of Coural Care had melanoma on her leg! Watch a video on her skin cancer story here) Melanoma is the most likely form to spread to other parts of the body so it is important to catch and treat it asap.

2. One person dies of melanoma every hour
Yup, unfortunately this stat is correct. And to kill the mood even more, the number of new melanoma cases has increased by 53% in the past decade (2008-2018).

3. About 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their life
Skin cancer is more common than we may think. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined.

4. More people develop skin cancer because of indoor tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking
Enough said. Skip the dang tanning bed.

5. After 5 sunburns, you double your risk of developing melanoma 
You may love catching those golden rays of sunshine, and we hate to be a buzzkill, but ultraviolet (UV) rays are a proven human carcinogen. The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

6. Reduce your risk by 50% with regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen
Ah, finally some good news! You heard that right - you can reduce your risk of developing melanoma by 50% by wearing sunscreen SPF 15+.

We’ll leave the link to our fave SPF 30 sunscreen right here ;)

 

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Sources:

https://www.cityofhope.org/living-well/31-facts-about-skin-cancer https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
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