The number of skin cancers is on the rise. Each year about 3.5 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers and 135,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed. Although melanoma is not the most common type of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous, causing the most deaths. Detection and prevention are important because skin cancers, including melanoma, are almost always curable in the early stages.
Do You Know the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer?
A small investment of time—only 10 minutes every month―could be life-saving when it comes to skin cancer. Everyone should practice monthly head-to-toe skin self-examination to look for changes in the skin:
- A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, or multicolored (eg, tan, brown, and black)
- A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that changes color, size, or texture, or has an irregular outline
- A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
- An open sore that does not heal in 2 weeks
If you find any change in an existing mole, freckle, or spot, or find a new one with warning signs, see a physician, preferably one who specializes in skin diseases, right away.
Do You Know How to Prevent Skin Cancer?
The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these recommendations for a sound sun protection regimen:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm
- Do not burn
- Avoid tanning
- Cover up with clothing
- Never use a UV tanning bed
- Use UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 daily
- When outdoors for a long time, use a water-resistant UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
- Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside; reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating
- Keep newborns out of the sun, and use sunscreens on babies over 6 months of age
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month
- See your physician every year for a professional skin examination
Click the link below to view our Melanoma/Skin Cancer Infographic
About the Connexion Healthcare Oncology Center of Excellence
Connexion Healthcare’s Oncology Center of Excellence offers executive talent with decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Our medical directors have conducted oncology research at leading institutions and major pharmaceutical companies. Our account leads have years of project execution expertise, and our medical editors are versed in the language of oncology. Our design leads are tops in their fields and ensure that your objectives are met effectively and even surpassed in an industry-eloquent and compliant manner. Our team works with you to conceive a strategy and execute communications through your product’s lifespan – from drug discovery through market launch and beyond. With particular expertise in phase 2 through postlaunch, we will engage with you wherever you are in development and whenever you need us.
For further information regarding the Oncology Center of Excellence at Connexion Healthcare and how we can develop oncology communications to differentiate therapies by their unique attributes, contact:
Larry Lunak, Senior Vice President
Valery Sudakin, PhD
Hematology/Oncology Scientific Services