It seems there is a month for everything, but this one comes directly from the US Department of Health and Human Services: it’s UV Safety Month! This makes sense. July is one of the hottest months in the US, and it’s also right in the middle of prime vacation time.
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Tim Fater says that from the start he had decided to be aggressive in treating melanoma; at such a young age, he was determined to navigate what is always a significant disturbance in one’s life and live as close to normal as possible. “This might be the most frustrating part of the whole experience – the fact that skin cancer is, for the most part, very preventable.”
Just before the outdoor summer festivities begin in earnest, a reminder: the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated today as Don’t Fry Day. This annual, national campaign takes place every year on the Friday before Memorial Day to help people keep sun safety in mind. Here are some of the ways the council recommends to keep yourself and your family healthy for the summer and for a lifetime:
Coolibar kicks off its 2014 Melanoma Survivor Series, featuring personal stories from melanoma survivors. Coolibar highlights survivors of melanoma throughout May, which is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Here, melanoma survivor Renee Burch of Seattle, Washington tells her life-changing story.
As it does each year, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®. This chance to promote melanoma awareness and prevention is important to us at Coolibar, because we meet people who live with their melanoma diagnoses every day – and because we meet people who are not familiar with melanoma at all. Knowing about melanoma can save your life – and sharing what you know can save others! Here is a short list of what we’d like people to understand about melanoma.
May is officially Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and Coolibar kicks it off with another boost for awareness, detection and prevention of melanoma – the deadliest of skin cancers. Together, melanoma, squamous cell skin cancer and basal cell skin cancer make skin cancer the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the U.S.
If you believe that indoor tanning isn’t dangerous, this finding from a study recently released by JAMA Dermatology might change that. Researchers have determined that the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and we’re reminded once again how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun year round. In fact, sun protection is much easier to overlook during winter. UVA and UVB rays are always a danger for unprotected skin regardless of the temperature or time of year.
February is African American History Month. Among much else, it can serve as a fitting reminder about a myth that has persisted for too long: African Americans (and those with darker skin tones) can’t get skin cancer. In fact, among the African American population, melanoma – the most serious kind of skin cancer – is much more deadly than among Caucasians.