The Top 3 Ways Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month Makes a Difference

Public awareness campaigns have been central and crucial to reducing the personal and global burdens associated with cancer – which in its many forms is a leading cause of death worldwide. Indiscriminate and affecting individuals of every age, race and gender, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that in 2018 alone over one million new cases will be diagnosed in the United States with skin cancer or melanoma accounting for more diagnoses than all other cancers combined. Unlike most cancers that can hide in the body and remain undetected until the disease has spread too far, melanoma presents visible marks on the surface of the skin, which can aid in early detection, intervention and treatment as long as individuals are aware of its telltale signs.

Although skin cancer has the highest survival rate of all cancers, most Americans still do not use sunscreen – one of the easiest and most effective methods in skin cancer prevention. What’s more troubling, the rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years according to the American Cancer Society, with one person dying of the disease every hour. That is just one of the many reasons why May has been designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

With summer just around the corner and people looking forward to spending more time outdoors— whether at the beach, hiking or playing a round of golf—May is the most opportune time to remind us all that prevention is still the best medicine. In addition to a wide range of skin cancer prevention organizations that are participating in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, businesses, corporations and individuals alike are also playing their part to spread the word and keep communities healthy and sun safe all year long.

And it’s working.

Here are the top three ways Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month is making a difference:

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month is a campaign that not only forges strategic partnerships but pulls together a broad spectrum of stakeholders—from advocacy groups to policymakers—with powerful targeted messages bringing us to the forefront of tremendous changes in lifestyles and perceptions and with the potential to stay with us all year long, and hopefully for a lifetime.