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.
At the same time, according to the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF), efforts to prevent melanoma/skin cancer are the most underfunded of all cancer types. The foundation says melanoma is the least screened cancer, and melanoma detection is not a training requirement for most medical disciplines.
What Can We Do?
The MIF says:
- Seek shade and avoid direct sun during the peak hours of 10-4
- Cover up with protective clothing and use sunscreen lotion
- Protect your children and role-model sun safe behavior
- Examine your skin and that of your loved ones each season for any changes that should be checked by a dermatologist
- Avoid tanning salons: 15 minutes is equal to a whole day’s exposure at the beach!
What Else Can We Do?
Let’s stay aware! Most people don’t realize how a melanoma diagnosis changes someone’s life. Do you?
Coolibar has some special posts ready for you this month. Each week you can meet a melanoma survivor with a story that will amaze you. If you don’t know much about melanoma, these personal stories will help you learn about it quickly. They should also give you a nice dose of motivation. One thing we’re sure of: by the time you finish hearing from these people, you’ll have a different outlook on life.
Our first featured melanoma survivor will be introduced next week, following Melanoma Monday® on May 5. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated the first Monday of each May to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer and to encourage early detection through self-exams.
Also, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declares the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day to encourage sun safety awareness. This year, Don’t Fry Day is on Friday, May 23.
Stay up to date with Coolibar activities on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Another great way to stay aware during Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month is to sign up for our weekly emails at Coolibar.com. You’ll get links to all of our stories, plus some extra savings on Coolibar merchandise!