Check It Out: May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.

Although the majority of skin cancers fall under basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (number of cases estimated to be around 5 million), most deaths are a result of melanoma which accounts for approximately 1% of cases.

In 2016, the ACS estimates 76,380 new cases and 10,130 deaths will be related to melanoma. As the month of May comes into focus, it’s time to increase public awareness of skin cancer, including its prevalence, screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated information on this disease throughout the year.

For individuals and loved ones of individuals going through a new cancer diagnosis or treatment, the CancerConnect community is online to discuss issues and questions related to this disease, or just for general support. You can sign up privately for melanoma here.

Please share this infographic and help spread awareness! And seriously, please get your moles or new growths of any kind checked out by a professional. It could save your life or the life of someone you love.

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