Dr. Erica Discusses Skin Cancer on Montana This Morning

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Click here to view Dr. Erica's segment with Q2 News.

Did you know that >2 people die of skin cancer every hour? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the USA and is increasing cases every year. 1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

The following are risk factors and increase the likelihood of skin cancer:
- Tanning
- Sunburns
- Atypical moles
- UV Radiation
- Immunosuppression

What are the Main Types of Skin Cancer?
- Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
- Basal Cell Carcinoma- The most common skin cancer
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma- The second most common skin cancer
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma- rare… but aggressive
- Melanoma- The most deadly form of skin cancer

What is Melanoma?
- Melanoma is dangerous and deadly
- It is the deadliest of all of the skin cancers
- The risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had five or more sunburns
- Melanoma is 1% of all skin cancer cases
- 2020 estimated 100,350 new cases and 6,8590 deaths from the disease
 
How Common is Skin Cancer?
- It is the 3rd most common cancer among men and women ages 20-39
- Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in men of all age groups in the U.S. 
- It is the 6th most common cancer in women of all age groups in the U.S.
- Only 10% have a family history of melanoma.
 
Prevention
- Skin Cancer is “The Cancer you can SEE”
- Regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing SCC by 40%!!!
- Check your own skin and clinical skin exams 


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