Even in Hawaii, where the weather is pretty perfect year round, all of us are more likely to spend even more time outdoors during the long summer days. Swimming, surfing, dozing at the beach, golfing, hiking — there’s no shortage of ways that we love to be out in the sun.
Unfortunately, your skin’s not enjoying it as much. That’s because the sun’s UV rays are beating it up, both on the surface and below the surface down in the dermis layer. As our patients at Matsuda know, you need to protect yourself, with nothing less than SPF30 sunscreen and protective clothing. Also, you need to come see us at least once a year to have us check your skin for skin cancer.
Here are some facts about skin cancer. Some may surprise you.
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with more than 8,500 Americans being diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
- Caucasians and men older than 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population.
- Before the age of 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men, but by age 60 rates are twice as high in men. By 80 men are three times more likely to have melanoma than women.
- The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.
- One American dies every hour from melanoma. In 2016, it is estimated that 10,130 people in the U.S. will die from melanoma — 6,750 men and 3,380 women. Worldwide, that number is over 65,000 deaths.
- Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80 percent and non-melanoma skin cancer risk by 68 percent.
- Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year.
- Melanoma survivors have a nine-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma compared to the general population.
- About 4.9 million U.S. adults were treated for skin cancer each year from 2007 to 2011, for an average annual treatment cost of $8.1 billion. This represents an increase over the period from 2002 to 2006, when about 3.4 million adults were treated for skin cancer each year, for an annual treatment cost of $3.6 billion.
- The American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to perform skin self-exams to check for signs of skin cancer and get a skin exam from a doctor.
So, now you know. Come see us and let’s not add to these scary statistics. Call 808-949-7568 for an appointment.