May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Apr 26, 2017Health Focus

“The Bingham Dermatology Center will be offering FREE skin cancer screenings on Wednesday, May 3rd.”

More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and account for nearly half of all cancers in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. A staggering 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. Approximately 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths are from melanoma, which is a cancer of the pigment producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes.

Melanoma begins on the surface of the skin where it is easy to see and treat. In fact, this most serious type of skin cancer is always curable when it’s found in its very early stages. If given time to grow, melanoma can grow down into the skin, ultimately reaching the blood and lymphatic vessels, and spread around the body (metastasize), causing life-threatening illness. It’s curable when detected early, but can be fatal if allowed to progress and spread.

More than 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation of the sun. Simply put, the more exposure your skin has to the sun or its harmful rays, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer. Steps you can take to prevent skin cancer include: staying out of the sun from 10 am to 4 pm, or, if you do have to be outside, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater with the physical UV blockers zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours even if you’re not in water.

Bingham Dermatology Center also encourages regular skin exams by a dermatology professional as well as monthly self-examinations of your skin to successfully recognize melanoma. For a limited time, Bingham Dermatology Center is giving away a FREE bottle of sunscreen and a skin care guide, which provides detailed information about the ABCDE’s of melanoma and how to recognize it. Call one of the numbers below to have this package mailed to you.

In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, our dermatologists will also be offering FREE skin cancer screenings on Wed., May 3rd. You must call to schedule an appointment for the free screening. For Dr. Adam Wray in Blackfoot, call (208) 782-2930. For Julia McGee in Pocatello, call (208) 233-4455. For Jaclyn Brabec in Idaho Falls, call (208) 535-3637.

If you have any troubling moles or spots on your skin, call today and make an appointment for a free skin cancer screening. A few minutes out of your day is worth it. Early detection saves lives!