As I was watching The Big C, the hit Showtime Original Series about living… with cancer-Melanoma, I decided to write this blog.
Melanoma is on the rise, it is the deadliest form of skin cancer if not caught early. It is a horrible painful disfiguring disease. I know, my dad died from Melanoma which started on his scalp and metastasized though his body. He lost 1/3 of his neck to this horrible disease.
Children and you women are especially at risk. Research also suggests that higher income women and families are at greater risk due vanity and lifestyle. According to the American Cancer Society Melanoma is thought to account for about 9,000 deaths per year in the United States. Many of these melanoma cases are avoidable through common sense measures such as limiting sun exposure.
The American Cancer Society has identified the following risk factors:* Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation
* Fair complexion
* Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium
* Family history
* Multiple or atypical moles
* Severe sunburns as a child
There are many steps we can take to prevent this deadly cancer. There is a new FDA approved technology that can aid your physician in an early diagnosis. Ask you physician about scanning with MoleMate, the first FDA approved skin cancer screening device.