SKIN CANCER PREVENTION—SURVEY STATISTICS
The Academy conducted an online survey of adults nationwide with these startling results:
“This survey demonstrates that many men do not protect themselves from the sun when outdoors and that some still believe that sun exposure is good for their health. This is a very troubling combination in light of the fact that the major risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet light,” said board-certified dermatologist Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, FAAD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Brown University School of Medicine. “Men need to examine their skin and see a dermatologist if they spot anything changing, bleeding or growing.
SKIN CANCER PREVENTION—KNOW THE FACTS
“The survey results should serve as a wake-up call to men to be vigilant about protecting their skin from sun exposure and examining their skin regularly for skin cancer,” said Dr. Rohrer. “Loved ones can assist by examining their partners’ skin and noting anything suspicious. These exams are vital since the early detection of skin cancer helps save lives.”
To help educate the public about skin cancer and change behaviors to better prevent and detect skin cancer, the Academy launched its new SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative this May, which is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®. The campaign’s simple tagline of “Prevent. Detect. Live.” focuses on the positive actions people can take to protect themselves from skin cancer, including seeing a dermatologist when appropriate.